Friday, September 30, 2016

Opulent October

This is my list of events for the greater Portland area and beyond for October 2016.  Please be sure to doublecheck any event you plan to attend in case of mistakes, typos and cancellations. If you are looking for regular events and classes in the homeschooling community, I list all the ones I know of here:

As the rains begin, Friends of Trees begin tree planting events, which are generally very family friendly. Your child can see the trees they help to plant as they get taller for many years to come! Portland Audubon has classes, free bird walks, and loads of information on local hotspots for bird watching during the height of fall migration: October is also when salmon are spawning in rivers and streams throughout the Pacific Northwest. An outstanding place to see spawning salmon is at the Eagle Creek Traihead. Stop by the Tillamook Forest Center to watch as hundreds of baby salmon from an Oregon hatchery grow and change. In November they will hold public events when visitors can help release them. Check their Facebook posts for updates and drop by anytime to watch the salmon grow and change. They offer many free educational programs as well so check their schedule: Corn mazes and pumpkin patches are now in full swing. Look for a farm near you at and A perennial favorite is the Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest: Keep an eye out for glorious fall color! This blog will highlight some good spots for leaf peeping:

Throughout October, Northwest Ghost Tours in Oregon City gets into high gear with lots of special tours. Tour guide Rocky Smith is a historian who loves to share the fascinating history of Oregon City along with stories of the paranormal. He’s also the organizer of the Oregon Ghost Conference which is now held each spring in Seaside. Check his website for details and reservations:

65th Annual Portland Greek Festival”, now through Thursday, October 2, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St., Pdx. Food, music, dance, cultural presentations, kids’ activities.

Exhibit, “Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America”, now through February 1, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. The museum is always free to Multnomah County residents with proof of residency. Otherwise admission is $11 adults, $9 students and seniors, $5 youth 6-18 and free for kids 5 and under. They also have great admission rates for school groups of 6 or more kids. “The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America—a remarkable exhibition featuring rare items from the Mark Family Collection symbolizing America's long quest for a more perfect union. The exhibition unites priceless original engravings of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the United States Constitution, and the Monroe Doctrine, five iconic documents that made American freedom what it is today. One of the extraordinary standouts of this exhibition is the 1733 engraving of the Magna Carta. Written in 1215, the Magna Carta was the first document to limit the power of a monarch, and is regarded as the cornerstone of western democracy. When the only surviving original copy affixed with the Great Seal of King John was damaged by a fire in 1731, a new copy was commissioned. This illuminated hand-engraved copy includes the original Latin text surrounded by the Coats of Arms of the council of Twenty-Five Barons. Other notable artifacts on view include handwritten letters from George Washington and original engravings of the Inaugural Addresses of Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams. Political challenges continue over the balance of power, Federalism vs. Anti-Federalism, and America's foreign policy; yet, while the words of these iconic documents remain unchanged, their application and interpretation throughout American history continue to impact countless issues and millions of people. Please join us as we discuss the relevance of these bedrock documents from our past and as we consider how they continue to impact our politics, our country, and our world today.”

Exhibit, “History’s Mysteries”, now through Monday, October 31, Battle Ground Library. “The Friends of Battle Ground Community Library present the 7th annual History's Mysteries exhibit. The ‘Battle’ of Battle Ground is a story that's been remembered for 161 years, but do you know it? Did a young Yale graduate and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Oregon Territory really captain a troop of citizen soldiers? Was there really a battle? Who killed Chief Umtuch? Come view the story and learn about familiar names you know around town.” 

Broadway Rose Theatre Co. Presents, “Fly By Night: A Rock Fable”, now through October 23, Broadway Rose New Stage 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. Ages 6 and up. “A gypsy prophecy pulls melancholy sandwich-maker Harold and two bewitching sisters through a star-crossed journey of love and connection. Featuring a catchy score and inventive story-telling, this darkly comic rock fable culminates during the northeast blackout of 1965. ‘The most paradoxical of musicals – hilarious and bittersweet, deeply immersed in tradition but utterly original’ (Dallas News), Fly By Night is a tale of finding light in a world filled with darkness.”

Beaverton Civic Theatre Presents, “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy”, now through October 15, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $5 kids 10 and under. “Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.”

“Seussical the Musical”, now through October 9. Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $16 adults, $14 seniors and youth 17 and under. “Oh, the thinks you can think when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper. Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.”

“Art Harvest Studio Tour”, October 1, 2, 7, 8 and 8, 10AM-6PM, Yamhill County. Tour entry buttons are $8 and you can either just plan on buying them at the first studio you visit, or pick them up in advance in McMinnville at Currents Gallery and Pacific Frame and Gallery; in Newberg at the Chehalem Cultural Center, Pulp and Circumstance and Cusick Picture Frame; or in Sheridan at the Lawrence Gallery. “Welcome to the 24nd annual Art Harvest Studio Tour! Thirty five of Yamhill County's most talented artists open their studios to the public to watch demonstrations, admire creative studios and purchase their work.”

“Dark Moon-Narrow Escapes”, Saturday, October 1, 7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., Ste 101, Pdx. Enter from parking lot side of building. Advance tickets $10 adults, $8 students. “The moon is just a sliver this night--darkness settles in for the year…what better time to gather together to enjoy tales both dark and daring? Come join us around our virtual fire, sit back and listen as storytellers Anne Rutherford, Norm Brecke, Will Hornyak, Ken Iverson and Barbara Fankhauser conjure tales of troubles met and troubles…well, come and discover the resolutions for yourself.”

“Juggling and Vaudeville Extravaganza”. Saturday, October 1, 7PM, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. $16 adults, $10 students, $8 children 11 and under and seniors. “The Juggling and Vaudeville Extravaganza is a family-friendly show featuring the best of local and national juggling and variety acts in one live performance. The show highlights the annual Portland Juggling Festival. This year's show features: Anni Küpper; Smirk! (Reid Belstock and Warren Hammond); Eli March; Cate Flaherty; and Local performers Rhys Thomas and Curt Carlyle.”

“Oregon Rocketry Model Rocket Launch”, Saturday, October 1, 1:30PM-4PM, Garden Home Park, 8020 SW 83rd Ave, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. All launches at Garden Home Park are sanctioned under NAR. Garden Home Park flights are limited to C impulse, due to the size of our flying field.”

University of Portland Orchestra Presents, “Copeland’s America”, Saturday, October 1, 7:30PM, Buckley Center Auditorium, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Pdx. Free. “The University of Portland Orchestra is proud to present their fall concert, Copland's America featuring selections from Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, and The Tender Land.”

“Adventures with Mongolian Nomads”, Saturday, October 1, 9:30AM, Portland State University, Academic and Student Recreation Center, Room 230, 1800 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Nancy Watts. “Mongolia has a long, rich history of nomadic empires, most notably that of Genghis Khan in the 12th century. Bordered in part by China, it is land-locked with grassy steppes, mountainous regions and the Gobi Desert. This program shares the experience of living with the nomads and everyday life.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, October 1, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “This two-hour journey through the cemetery will introduce you to the most iconic, haunting, unique, inspirational, poignant, and mysterious memorial art and etchings on Lone Fir Cemetery grave markers.”

CityFest”, Saturday, October 1, 11AM-2PM, Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy., Gresham. Free. “How the City works for YOU…how YOU can work for the City! Join us for a festival of fun at City Hall. Police motorcycles, a K9 dog, helicopter tours, photo opps for the kiddos, as well as free popcorn and other goodies. Unleash your inner CSI sleuth, check out our big rigs (dump trucks, fire trucks, water rescue rig), and learn about the paths you can take to meaningful work at the City of Gresham. Not in the market for a new career? No problem. You bring the kids (or your inner child), and we’ll bring the free, hands-on, family-friendly fun.”

2016 Mount Hood Salmon, Mushroom and Bigfoot Festival”, Saturday, October 1, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, October 2, 10AM-5PM, Mt. Hood Village, 65000 E. US Hwy 26, near Welches. Free admission and parking.

HawkWatch International Raptor Migration Project”, now through October 31, Bonney Butte, Mt. Hood National Forest. Free. A high clearance vehicle is necessary to reach this site and the road is awful. Complete info and directions here: “Bonney Butte HawkWatch is located on the southeastern flanks of Mt. Hood in northcentral Oregon. HWI has been conducting ongoing counts here since 1994 in an effort to monitors long-term trends in populations of raptors using this part of the Pacific Coast Flyway through the Cascade Mountains. Annual counts typically range from 2,500-4,500 migrant raptors of up to 18 species. The most commonly seen species are the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Golden Eagle, but this site is noted for relatively high numbers of Merlins (up to 100 or more per year). HWI has also been banding migratory raptors at Bonney Butte since 1995. The Bonney Butte study site is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest, approximately 6 miles southeast of Government Camp, Oregon. The public is always welcome to visit Bonney Butte during the season to take advantage of the environmental education programs and the great hawkwatching at the site.” 

Seven-Sentence Scary Stories Writing Contest for Teens”, Saturday, October 1 through Saturday, October 22, Beaverton libraries. “Write a scary story using only seven sentences! Full guidelines and an entry form can be picked up at the main library or the Murray Scholls Branch starting Saturday, October 1, or downloaded here: First place - $100; 2nd Place - $50; 3rd Place - $25.Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at the main library and 6 p.m. the same day at Murray Scholls.” 

Portland Miniature Show”, Saturday, October 1, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, October 2, 10AM-4PM, Monarch Hotel, 12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas. Admission $7 adults, free for kids 11 and under. Even if you don’t have a dollhouse or a fairy garden, there are always spectacular dollhouse displays that are lots of fun to see.

Old Apple Tree Festival”, Saturday, October 1, 11AM-3PM, Old Apple Tree Park, 11 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “The annual Old Apple Tree Festival is a celebration centered on the oldest living apple tree in the Northwest, planted at Fort Vancouver in 1826. Providing family fun, food and history of Vancouver's Old Apple Tree, the festival celebrates our community's legacy. Throughout the day Urban Forestry Commissioners give away cuttings from the Old Apple Tree; cuttings are limited and will be given out until they are gone. This is a free, family friendly event with activities for children, fruit tree pruning workshops, food, live music, and walking tours of Fort Vancouver. Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Association will be on hand with rope making and corn grinding activities. This year the festival will once again feature a community apple cider pressing. Bring your own apples and a clean container to catch your fresh cider. Approximately 12 lbs of apples will make a quart of cider.”

Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race”, Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, Port Townsend, WA. “A Kinetic Skulpture is a human powered, artistically enhanced vehicle that must go through sand (Kwick Sand), mud (The Dismal Bog), float on water (The Great Bay), and transverse hilly, silly neighborhoods. Some skulptures are engineering marvels while most are a mixture of bicycle parts, styrofoam, duct tape, imagination and prayers. Awards are given to each racer whether they want it or not, but the most highly prized award is the "Mediocrity Award", the skulpture that finishes in the middle of the pack. Kinetic racers as well as glorious spectators must be kapable of having fun without taking the event too seriously.”

Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens”, Saturdays, October 1, 8, and 15, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Meet at Picnic Shelter A at Coffenbury Lake for a program on wild mushrooms followed by a hike to hunt for fungi.”

Oregon Archaeology Celebration at Smith Rock”, events throughout October, Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne, OR. Cool presentations and displays on diverse topics in Oregon archaeology. See details here:

BirdFest and Bluegrass”, Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. “Audubon Society education birds, naturalist lead hikes, Chinookan cultural activities at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, kayak and big canoe tours, birders’ marketplace, hands on workshops in bird language, photography, watercolor, basketry, DIY T-shirt couture, film screenings, etc.”

Early Morning Bird Walk”, Saturday, October 1, 8AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Walk out on the refuge with an experienced birder and discover the world of birds. Whether you are a first time birder or an expert, this walk is for you! Please bring binoculars and/or a scope if you have them! Extras will be provided. To participate you must be 8 years of age or older and parents must accompany all children on hikes. The hikes will cover over two miles and take approximately 2 hours.” 

Hikes at Hoyt Arboretum”, 4 Saturdays in October at 12PM, meeting at the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx., $3 suggested donation. October 1 and 15- Tall Tree Tales with storyteller Cleve Friedman; October 8- NW Conifers with guide Ken Dennison; October 22- Fall Colors.

Cardboard Costume Creation”, Saturday, October 1, 10AM, Hollywood Library (limited free tickets will be given out); Friday, October 14, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Saturday, October 29, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “Every hero or heroine needs a great costume. Create your very own costume out of unexpected materials like plastic, cardboard, wire, felt, LED lights, switches and even electric buzzers. Come prepared with your imagination and a tinkering spirit and leave with a hat, mask or arm band that you can use on your next adventure.” 

Advanced Geocaching Workshops”, Saturday, October 1, 1PM-5PM, Tualatin Library. “Get on the trail faster with more caches in your sights. You'll learn to speed up your logging and develop cool caching statistics for your profile. Stay for all of the program or just catch us for one or two of the workshops. 1:00 - 1:50pm -- Pocket Queries and Bookmarks; 2:00 - 2:50 pm -- Introduction to GSAK; 3:00 - 3:50pm -- Selecting and downloading caches to your GPS unit; 4:00 - 4:50pm -- Introduction to Macros and Advanced GSAK.” 

Wild Foods in Survival and Self Reliance”, Saturday, October 1, 2PM, Vancouver Library. Presented by local treasure and wild foods expert Dr. John Kallas. “Any individual survival situation presents a mix of situation-dependent choices. For many, wild foods seem a reasonable resource and lifeline when one is stranded in the wild. In this presentation, learn how to determine if and when wild foods are desirable to use, which plants to seek, what are your priorities in both recreational and unplanned survival situations. Books and resources on the subject will be displayed and discussed at the end of the talk. “ 

Fun with Felt”, Saturday, October 1, 1PM, West Slope Library. For teens and adults. Preregistration required; call 503-292-6416. “Join a local crafting expert to learn about felting, and create some unique felt beads.” 

Fall Kite Festival”, Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 10AM-4PM, on the beach at D-River Wayside, Lincoln City. “The weekend festival will include kite flying demonstrations by experts, free kids kitemaking, running of the bols, and some of the most colorful big kites in the world!”

Robotics Champion Lorenzo Santillan Presentation”, Saturday, October 1, 1PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “Join Lorenzo Santillan, one of the robotics team champions featured in our Hillsboro Reads book, Spare Parts, for a presentation about his experiences and personal story.” 

BrickCon”, Saturday, October 1 10AM-4PM, and Sunday, October 2, 10AM-3PM, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Advance tickets $10, $12 at the door, free for ages 4 and under. This year, each ticket is for a specific entry time, so advance tickets are advisable. BrickCon is one of the largest Lego builders conventions in the USA, and the displays of individual creations are consistently amazing!

Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest”, Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. “The Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest is the largest expo of it’s kind in the Portland area. Whether you’re thinking about going gluten free or you’re a gluten free pro looking for new products and ideas, the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest has something for everyone. With close to 90 exhibitors, you’re sure to find tons of tasty food to sample that will satisfy any appetite. PLUS, you admission also gets you into any of the seminars and cooking demonstrations going on all day!”

Photo Tinting Workshop for Teens”, Saturday, October 1, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Presented by artist Lebrie Rich. “In honor of the photo-centric plot of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie, we are offering a photo tinting workshop. Before color photography was invented, photographers hand-tinted their photos using oil-based pigments. Use authentic photo-tinting supplies to hand-tint black and white photos and postcards. Experience magic as you bring green shrubbery to life and add a rosy glow to ladies’ portraits. Teens are also encouraged to subvert the craft by making psychedelic landscapes and alien people with green skin. Small finished pieces can be made into stickers with LeBrie's cool sticker-making machine. For ages 11-18.”

Thrill the World Portland”, practice on Sunday, October 2, 2-4PM, at Fremont UMC, 2620 NE Fremont St., Pdx, and on Saturday, October 29, 3PM they will hold a flash mob dance inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”! Email to be added to their list for more info on participating or watching.

Author Talk, “Ridley Pearson”, Sunday, October 2, 2PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. There's nothing on their website about this event being ticketed, but I recommend calling the store before you go:  (503) 786-3464. Ridley Pearson presents his new book, “Lock and Key: The Initiation”. “The New York Times bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the riveting first tale of the Lock and Key trilogy about the origins of the rivalry between literature’s most famous enemies—Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moria. Before James grew up to be a ruthless, remorseless villain, he was a curious boy from Boston, with a penchant for trouble and an acid tongue. Thrown into a boarding school against his wishes, James winds up rooming with a most unlikely companion: a lanky British know-it-all named Sherlock Holmes (“Lock” to his friends). An heirloom Bible, donated by the Moriarty family more than a hundred years ago, has gone missing, and it doesn’t take long for the two to find themselves embroiled in the school-wide scandal. The school is on lockdown until it’s found, strange clues keep finding their way to James, and a secret society lurks behind it all. It’s a brave new reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes series as only master of suspense Ridley Pearson could envision. As Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says, ‘This tale will change the way you see Sherlock Holmes and leave you dying to know more’.”

Day of Coding”, Sunday, October 2, 1PM-4PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 3-12. “Drop by the Children's desk or the Teen Desk between 1 and 4 p.m. to pick up your coding challenge! No previous experience required.” 

Blessing of the Animals”, Sunday, October 2, 8AM and 10:15AM, All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. Free. “This year we are going to try something new! The feast day of beloved St. Francis of Assisi, patron of all creatures, great and small, will be celebrated at our Sunday services at 8:00 and 10:15 A.M. We invite you to bring your furry friends, well leashed to church for their yearly blessing and for our appreciation of God's blessings to us in them. Open to all.”

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays through October, 12PM-5PM, 31803 S. Shady Dell Rd., Molalla. Donations requested. “The train park was founded in 1954 by Harry Harvey, who had a dream to provide a place where families could go to ride and learn about trains. When he died he left the park, to the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers. The club acquired the other three acres over time for expansion.

 Today the park features 4,200 feet of 7½-inch track that loops around a picnic area, Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 No fee is collected at the entrance or to ride the trains.

 All donations are graciously accepted your donations are vital in keeping the trains running we thank you for your support.”

Croatiafest”, Sunday, October 2, 12PM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Croatia through live performances, foods, hands-on activities, and a lively marketplace. Acclaimed dance ensembles and musicians, intricate costumes, art exhibits, tourist information and displays showcase Croatia’s rich past and dynamic present.”

Salmon Celebration”, Sunday, October 2, 11AM-4PM, Westmoreland Park, SE 22nd Ave. and Knapp St., Pdx. Free. “Last year, the Salmon Celebration teamed up with Sunday Parkways and saw over 30,000 people come through Westmoreland Park to sign the salmon-safe pledge, sample traditionally prepared salmon and lamprey, and hear Native American storytelling. This year’s program includes these great attractions as well as inter-tribal games. Booths from community groups will include hands-on science activities, wilderness skills, nature crafts, and games for children and adults alike. The event is free and open to all.”

Screening, “Underwater Dreams”, Sunday, October 2, 2PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “Underwater Dreams is a documentary on how Mexican immigrant high school students learned to build an underwater robot from spare parts and win a robotics competition which included powerhouse MIT. 86 minutes, all ages. A group discussion will follow the film, led by Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, Policy and Civic Engagement Manager for the Latino Network. This program is part of Hillsboro Reads 2016, featuring the book Spare Parts by Joshua Davis.” 

“Harvest Festival”, Sunday, October 2, 10AM, OMSI Bridge Lot. Free with $5 parking. Museum admission not included. “Enjoy the bounty of Oregon while indulging in snacks, sweets, beer and music from the Pacific Northwest region! Learn about Oregon specialty crops from local farms, CSA’s, cooking demonstrations and artisan vendors. There’s fun for the whole family, including kids activities and live entertainment. Come celebrate the harvest season at OMSI!”

“Birding at Steigerwald”, Sunday, October 2, and Saturday, October 22, 8AM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Preregistration required; contact Park Ranger Josie Finley at or the office at 360-887-4106. “The following hikes are led by Ron Escano, a retired wildlife biologist who has been leading bird walks for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Audubon for over a decade. All hikes meet at 8 am and last for about 3 hours. There is no fee for these hikes or entrance to Steigerwald Lake NWR.”

“Creating Peace Through Art”, Sunday, October 2, 1PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Join playwright/director Kyoung H. Park in a candid conversation about the work and process of Kyoung's Pacific Beat--a peacemaking theater company he founded to promote a culture of peace and non-violence. This event will feature a unique insight into the creative tools and skills necessary to theatrically engage with artists and marginalized communities to address systems of oppression.” 

“Writing Workshop”, Sundays, October 2, 16 and 30, 2PM, Sherwood Library. “Author Marie Buckley leads each group with a warm-up exercise and thematic writing session. No experience is necessary in order to participate, other than an enjoyment of writing and interacting with fellow writers. Bring writing tools and expect a lively, fun atmosphere with plenty of positive feedback. All workshops are from 2:00-4:00 PM in the Community Meeting Room.” October 2: “Supermarket”; October 16: “Trades and Barters”; October 30: “The Moon”. 

“Simon Benson: Lumber King, Civic Leader, Visionary”, Sunday, October 2, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Simon Benson was a poor Norwegian immigrant whose life was a cross-section of Oregon's development. He revolutionized the state's logging industry, pioneered steam power and invented huge seagoing log rafts. He led the movement to build good roads and was first Chair of the Oregon State Highway Commission. Multnomah Falls, Portland's iconic "Benson Bubbler" fountains, Benson High School and Benson Hotel are some of the priceless gifts he bestowed on his adopted city and state. Author, filmmaker and historian Sig Unander tells how this humble woodsman overcame daunting challenges to become Oregon's Lumber King, then worked just as diligently as a public servant and philanthropist.” 

NaNoWriMo Plot Party”, Monday, October 3, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Join us for a plot party in preparation for November's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).” More info about NANoWriMo, including their Young Writer’s Program:

Inside Revels: Backstage Tour”, Monday, October 3, 6:30PM, St. Mary’s Academy Theater, 1615 SW 5th Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join our adult and children’s chorus as they rehearse for the Christmas Revels. Meet our artistic team, take part in opening circle, sing warm-ups with the cast, and enjoy wine and nibbles with our Executive Director.” 

You and Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice”, Monday, October 3, 7PM, Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Pdx. $18 advance tickets. “Racism exists when one group dominates, excludes, or seeks to eliminate another group on the basis of differences that it believes are inherent, hereditary, and unalterable. In large part, racism stems from the human brain’s tendency to engage in prejudice, a process that allows our brains to make judgments based on visual information in milliseconds. These preconceived opinions about other people are not based on reason or experience but on instinct—and they have a basis in neuroscience. But why does the brain do this? More importantly, can we use what we known about the neuroscience of prejudice to overcome this reaction, potentially developing methods to combat prejudice and end racism? Dr. Larry Sherman, a Professor of Neuroscience at the Oregon Health and Science University, will explain how our brains react to people who are ‘different’ and explore possible ways to overcome the automatic prejudice that contributes to racism in our society.”

Line Dancing”, beginning class at 1PM every Monday in October, beginning class at 12PM and intermediate at 1PM every Tuesday in October, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City. 50¢ per class. “Join our beginning or intermediate group and learn the latest line dance steps and some traditional ones too. No partner needed. Walk-ins welcome.”

Vice Presidential Debate Screening”, Tuesday, October 4, 6PM, Sherwood Library. “The Library will stream the vice presidential debate live on the big screen starting at 6p.m. in the Community Meeting Room.” 

Talk, “Woodburn Paleoarchaeology Project”, Oregon Archaeological Society meeting, Tuesday, October 4, 7PM, OMSI Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Presented by Dr. Alison Stenger. “Stenger’s study of Woodburn’s ancient past started in 1995. At that time, the Institute for Archaeological Studies (IAS) worked with Oregon State University to provide field opportunities for students. The project shifted to the University of Oregon in 1998, under Dr. William Orr. By then, the focus of the fieldwork had changed to the area’s paleontological resources, with a potential archaeological component. This was a result of researchers finding substantial ancient plant and animal material, and very little in the way of human modified items. There were some, but not many. From those very first days of coring and surveys to test excavations, members of OAS have been the real backbone of the project. It is the from the OAS membership that team leaders and newer volunteer helpers have come. Although the project has become a paleontological effort, we continue to use and teach archaeological methods, to be sure that any cultural material is correctly excavated, documented, analyzed, preserved, and appropriately stored. In all, five area sites have been tested, with two being investigated further, all with the help of OAS. This talk will showcase some of the finds, while discussing the peopling of the Americas.”

Letters to the Next President Through Poetry and Spoken Word for Teens”, Tuesday, October 4, 4PM, Gresham Library. “Join Renee, a spoken word poet, performer and storyteller in writing to the next president of issues that matters to you and your community. Then we post your 'letters' online for the next president to see.” 

Screening, “All the Difference”, Tuesday, October 4, 6PM, Kenton Library. “The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come vividly — and heroically — to life in All the Difference, which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending's intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds.”

Mason Jar Terrariums”, Tuesday, October 4, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Using rocks, soil, moss, and decorative figurines, learn how to make and care for your own terrarium. All materials provided, along with some take-home instructions.” 

Lost and Gone: Oregon's Vanished Structures”, Tuesday, October 4, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Friends of the Library Cultural Program presents Richard Engeman with his presentation of Lost Historical Structures in Oregon. Richard Engeman is a historian and archivist with a vast knowledge of the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Reed College and the U of O librarianship program. He has specialized in historic photos, maps and architecture along with writing. Most recently the public historian of the Oregon Historical Society, he currently serves on the Portland Landmarks Commission and the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program. He is the principal of Oregon Rediviva which does historical research and writing.” 

Halloween Book Folding”, Tuesday, October 4, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Repurpose an old book into artwork by intricately folding its pages into the shape of a pumpkin. It's easier than it looks and it makes a wonderful gift! Books and all supplies will be provided. No registration required, however class size will be limited to the space available, so arrive early.” 

The Joy of Zines”, Tuesday, October 4, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Presented by Sarah Mirk, journalist, author and feminist podcast host. “We live our lives online, which means the pleasure of print is even more profound. In this talk, I'll discuss the specialness of small-press comics and personal zines and how exciting it is that it's easier now than ever to publish your own work. I'll bring a couple of my zine projects, including the Oregon History Comics, an X-Files fanzine, and a brand-new comic made in honor of my 30th birthday, "Drink More Water, Be More Honest: 30 Lessons from my 20s." For the last half of this event, we'll sharpen our pencils and quickly make our own collaborative zine--publishing it in a flash so everyone can take home their own copy.”

Wonders of the Fall Sky”, Tuesday, October 4, 6PM and 7:15PM, and Friday, October 14, 1PM and 6PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 2600 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.”

Songwriters in the Round”, Tuesday, October 4, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Stephanie Scelza, Justin Sheehy and Steve Hale. Come and experience the joys and challenges of these three extraordinary artists. They will take turns playing an original composition and share why and how they wrote it. Inviting audience participation, it will make the experience more enjoyable.” 

Author Talk, “Katharine English”, Tuesday, October 4, 6PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Katharine English, Oregon gay rights activist and former family court referee and tribal judge reads from her two memoirs. In ‘Salvation’, she relives family dysfunction, religious devotion, and personal rebellion, to bring surprising insight to the profound impact our childhood experiences have on us. In the forthcoming memoir ‘Lavender Shingle’, she tells the story of opening the first gay law firm in Oregon.” 

Cut, Etch and Engrave Things! For Teens”, Tuesday, October 4, and Tuesday, October 18, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Cut, etch, and engrave acrylic, wood, paper, cardboard, fabric and more! Using graphic software you can create intricate designs to make your own jewelry, bookmark and personalize a swag tag. If you can image it, we can create it. Each workshop teens will learn a new skill and will create/design a new item.” 

Author Talk, “Laura O. Foster”, Tuesday, October 4, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Laura O. Foster presents her book, “Columbia Gorge Getaways: 12 Weekend Adventures, from Towns to Trails”. “The book is a complete guide to the Columbia River Gorge, an 80-mile-long chasm that's one of the nation’s few National Scenic Areas. With 12 ready-to-go vacation itineraries, the book is like having a personal tour guide always ready in your glove-box. The itineraries—plus a one to five-day highlights tour—tell you everything you need to have a blast in the gorge, from beaches to back roads, historic downtowns, hiking and biking routes, shopping, brewpubs and wineries, rural inns, historic sites and museums. Appendices cover festivals, along with gorge outfitters, guides, lessons, rentals and excursions.”

Coding Club”, Wednesdays in October, 3:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. Ages 10-18. “We will have laptops and other coding tools set out for kids ages 10-18 for 90 minutes every Wednesday this fall. This club will be an opportunity for you to learn through collaboration, experience and play and NOT through lecture. There will be weekly concepts and assignments for you to work on, but the curriculum is really set by the participants. Do you want to program a Finch robot? Do you want to work on a program in Scratch? Do you want to work with Snap circuits or the Makey Makey board? It is up to YOU. No registration required at this time. Adults will be there to facilitate, but we will be learning with you as well. Let’s learn together!” 

Mod Podge Journals for Tweens”, Wednesday, October 5, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Grades 3-8. Preregistration required; register online:

How Not to Get Lost”, Wednesday, October 5, 4PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Are you able to read a map? Have you ever want to use a compass? Learn these and other land navigation skill from SFC Sanders, a Cavalry Scout in the U. S. Army.” 

Wrestling ‘Lucha Libre’ Masks”, Wednesday, October 5, 4PM, Kenton Library; Thursday, October 6, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Saturday, October 15, 2PM, Midland Library. Bilingual. “Lucha Libre (Wrestler) is one of the most prominent Mexican postmodern cultural icons. From movies to products, the Lucha Libre characters have been portrayed and used as symbols for strength resilience and ‘Mexicanidad’ amongst different groups, especially, those of Hispanic heritage in the USA and abroad. Lucha Libre wrestlers ‘luchadores’ traditionally create their characters and design their masks based on animals, fiction characters, and public personalities that have attributes that they admire and want to be recognized with. In this workshop, participants will create their own Lucha Libre mask with craft materials modeling the traditions of inspiration of the luchadores.” 

Code Club for Teens”, Wednesdays in October, 4PM, Tualatin Library Teen Room. Preregistration required; call 503-691-3072. “Did you know you use tiny computers called microcontrollers every day? They are in many of the intelligent devices you rely on. We will use some popular Arduino microcontroller components to build simple circuits and control them with programs you write! You will build the circuits using switches, LEDs, integrated circuits, variable resistors, speakers and light and temperature sensors. We will use the online development environment from to create, compile and download the programs to the microcontrollers! All supplies will be provided, no experience required!” 

Estate Planning for Parents with Children Under 25”, Wednesday, October 5, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Whether your child is still a minor or college-age, this presentation is for you. Estate planning attorney Michelle-Shari Kruss will discuss how to determine guardianship for minor children and decide who will receive your assets. She will also identify important legal documents to assist your college students with financial and medical decisions.” 

Relive the Golden Age of Radio”, Wednesday, October 5, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Old-time radio expert Dick Karman exhibits radios and replays examples of popular programs dating 50-70 years ago. Re-live memories of Jack Benny and Superman in this soundtrack of your life.”

Homeschool Days”, Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7, 10AM-2PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a day of hands-on history! No reservations required.”

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, October 6, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “We'll start with simple coding and see where we go! No prior experience required.” 

Makers Gone Pro”, Thursday, October 6, 4PM-6:30PM, Center for Advanced Learning, 1484 NW Civic Dr., Gresham. “Through fun and engaging hands-on activities, this event provides students and community members an opportunity to understand and learn about the world of making things, and how these activities relate to the region’s robust manufacturing sector. This initiative is part of a coordinated regional Manufacturing Day effort that includes workforce investment boards, community colleges and the school-to-work consortium. Learn about exciting careers that are available in advanced manufacturing and industrial engineering. See live demonstrations of 3D printers, laser cutters, robots and a flight simulator. Plan your career. Talk with industry representatives and get advice on your job search.”

Microscopes and Molecules: Using Optics to Think Big by Seeing Small”, Thursday, October 6, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Seating is limited and parking is a pain so always allow extra time. Presented by James Galbraith, PhD, Associate Professor in the OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine and Discovery Engine Investigator at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. “Microscopes were invented in the 1600s and are still a common tool in many biology labs today. They allow us to visualize objects not visible to the naked eye. Unfortunately there is a limit to their resolving power, and this constraint, known as the diffraction limit, is still above the size threshold of many objects in biology such as molecules. That was, until several years ago, when the Nobel Prize was awarded for breaking this limitation and allowing scientists to peer into the inner workings of living cells. In this talk, bioengineering professor Jim Galbraith will discuss optics, microscopy, and how we are now able to visualize single molecules in living cells. He will chronicle his experiences in developing these emerging technologies. He will also illustrate how these advances in imaging are being used to change our understanding of biology and what they mean to the future of medicine.”

Author Talk, “Steve Olson”, Thursday, October 6, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Steve Olson presents his new book ‘Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St Helens’. “For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, sightseers, and nearby residents listened anxiously to rumblings in Mount St. Helens, part of the chain of western volcanoes fueled by the 700-mile-long Cascadia fault. Still, no one was prepared when an immense eruption took the top off of the mountain and laid waste to hundreds of square miles of verdant forests in southwestern Washington State. The eruption was one of the largest in human history, deposited ash in eleven states and five Canadian provinces, and caused more than one billion dollars in damage. It killed fifty-seven people, some as far as thirteen miles away from the volcano’s summit. Shedding new light on the cataclysm, Olson interweaves the history and science behind this event with page-turning accounts of what happened to those who lived and those who died.”

Armies of the Dead: Medieval and Modern”, Thursday, October 6, 6PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, LH 75 Recital Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Dr. Scott G. Bruce, who will be illustrating the talk with pictures from his book, “The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters”. “Armies of the risen dead are a familiar motif in modern fantasy literature, but they have a long history in the Latin Middle Ages. This talk examines the meaning and function of undead warriors in medieval Europe. Reports of phantom armies occurred in antiquity and the early Middle Ages, but they increased in the eleventh century and were especially common in the period of the Christian Crusades to win back the Holy Land from the Muslims (1095-1291). The appearance of the dead in battle dress often foretold a slaughter, but warrior souls also marshaled to come to the aid of pious Christian lords who had fought against the enemies of God or who had been diligent in giving alms for the relief of souls in purgatory. The returning dead were not always benevolent, however. By the twelfth century, a tormented troupe of dead soldiers and their grim entourage known as Hellequin’s Horde roamed across northern Europe, their “mad course of endless wanderings” a penalty for the sins they had accrued in life. The talk concludes with a discussion of the appearance of similar apparitions in modern times, especially during the First World War.”

Haunted Walking Tours”, Fridays and Saturdays in October, 7PM and 9PM, meeting at the Slocum House, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “It’s Haunted Walking Tour Season! Experience a spooky slant on history on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour on a dark (but hopefully not stormy) night. Reserve your spot now, as these popular tours fill up quickly!”

Community Sustainability Fair”, Friday, October 7, 5PM-7:30PM, at the Garden Home Rec Center, 7475 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. Free. “Besides the exhibitors tables, the event includes a Repair Fair, workshops, a solar oven demonstration and a Tesla X.” Workshops: “Renovation Q and A”, and “Basics of Going Solar”. Details here:

Author Talk, “Scott Bruce”, Friday, October 7, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Scott Bruce discusses his book, “The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters". “The dead live again in this haunting compendium of ghostly visitations through the ages, exploring the history of our fascination with zombies and other restless souls. Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural activity have mystified us. Ghost stories as we know them did not develop until the late nineteenth century, but the restless dead haunted the premodern imagination in many forms, as recorded in historical narratives, theological texts, and personal letters. The Penguin Book of the Undead teems with roving hordes of dead warriors, corpses trailed by packs of barking dogs, moaning phantoms haunting deserted ruins, evil spirits emerging from burning carcasses in the form of crows, and zombies with pestilential breath. Spanning from the Hebrew scriptures to the Roman Empire, the Scandinavian sagas to medieval Europe, the Protestant Reformation to the Renaissance, this beguiling array of accounts charts our relationship with spirits and apparitions, wraiths and demons over fifteen hundred years, showing the evolution in our thinking about the ability of dead souls to return to the realm of the living—and to warn us about what awaits us in the afterlife.”

Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show”, Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, Washington County Fairgrounds, 3355 NE Cornell Rd., Hillsboro. $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under. “Over 40 dealers from all regions will be at the show with hard-to-find rock, gem, mineral, jewelry, and lapidary tools, materials, and products. There's also a silent auction, demonstrations, exhibits, fossils, and the Kids Corner. This year's activities even include an appearance by Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their Flintmobile."

New Sweden on the Delaware: Sweden’s Colony in America”, Friday, October 7, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Sweden founded a colony in the Delaware valley in 1635 in an effort to extend its power into the New World. New Sweden (in Swedish: Nya Sverige) was on the Delaware River on the Atlantic coast of North America from 1638 to 1655. It was centered at Fort Christina, now in Wilmington, Delaware, and included parts of the present-day states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In his lecture, Carl Thompson will explore the various reasons for Sweden's founding of the New Sweden Colony, elaborate on who the people were that came to the New World, and explain what happened to the colony and discuss its lasting effects.”

Magenta Theater Presents, “Little Shop of Horrors”, Friday, October 7 through Saturday, October 22, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $20 in advance or $22 at the door. "Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world! Jaynie Roberts directs the first musical to be performed at Magenta's new location. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at Mushnik's Floral Shop who pines for his co-worker Audrey. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey's boyfriend, Orin, to the plant after Orin's accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant!”

Portland Tattoo Expo”, Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx.

Author Talk, “Dylan Thuras”, Friday, October 7, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Dylan Thuras discusses the new book he co-authored, “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders”. “It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.” Atlas Obscura has a rad website which is totally worth checking out each and every time you travel somewhere new:

29th Annual Apple Tasting Event”, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 7 October 16, 10AM-5PM, Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St., Pdx. Free. (October 7 during the school day is reserved for field trips of 10 or more students.) “About the time the leaves begin to change color, it's time to celebrate the abundance of apples and pears. We're always well-supplied with a large variety of apples and pears to taste and purchase by the pound, as many as 60 different varieties in all! Tasting lines, as well as our fresh-pressed cider demonstration and tasting, will be open during all six days of this free event.”

H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon”, Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx.

Wild Mushroom Hike”, Friday, October 7, and Friday, October 14, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Meet at Battery Russell for a Ranger guided hike to look for and identify wild mushrooms.”

Tween Takeover at the Library!”, Saturday, October 8, 10AM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; email Margaret Gunther at or call 503.691.3070 “Love your library? Tualatin Public Library wants your help, energy, ideas, and opinions! Tween Take-Over is a monthly program of supervised learning projects at the library including a variety of tasks behind the scenes and in the stacks. Volunteers help staff keep books in order, prepare craft projects for programs, and other tasks. Tween Take-Over is for youth who are in 4th-7th grades.” 

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, October 8, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘A Serious Workshop on Writing Humor’, Janet Sumner Johnson, author of ‘The Last Great Adventure of the PB and J Society’, explores ways to infuse humor into the characters you write. Hosted by Rosanne Parry, The League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books.” 

Paper Beads”, Saturday, October 8, 10AM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. “Victorian Craft Demonstration series. Materials are provided and demonstrations are free.”

Birds at the Burke”, Saturday, October 8, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, 4331 Memorial Way NE, Seattle. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth 5-18. Free for ages 4 and under. Flock to the Burke for a fun-filled day celebrating all things feathered! See hundreds of specimens and get expert tips for spotting and identifying birds from Puget Sound Bird Observatory and the Seattle Audubon Society.” See all the details here:

Portland Open Studios”, Saturday, October 8, Sunday, October 9, Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, 10AM-5PM. Maps to participating artist studios and galleries are available as a free Navigation app, a mobile app for iPhone or Android) for $4.99, or a printed tour guide for $15. All can be ordered from their website and printed keepsake guides can be purchased at New Seasons, Muse, Collage and I’ve Been Framed stores. This open studio tour is juried, and it’s a really superb opportunity to see amazing art being made up close in lots of unique mediums. 

Practice ACT Test for High School Students”, Saturday, October 8, 9AM, Cedar Mill Library. “High school students can register to take a practice ACT test and get their results from the Huntington Learning Center. Register at .” 

Art Journal Workshop: Jump Start Your Journal!”, Saturday, October 8, 2PM, Tigard Library. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2517. “Local artist Susan Kent will teach you how to use a variety of materials and techniques to creatively capture a thought or memory in an art journal. Students must bring their own blank art journal. All other materials will be supplied.” 

Concert, “Rebecca Hardiman and Friends”, Saturday, October 8, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Straight ahead jazz in the vocal and scat stylings of Ella Fitzgerald.”

Animate Anything! For Teens”, Saturday, October 8, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Drop in and learn different techniques and styles of animation from zoetrope animation, flipbook animation, digital animation, paper-puppet stop-motion to claymation and much more. There are no limits to what your imagination can create! No experience necessary - open to all levels of experience.”

My Piñata”, Saturday, October 8, 2PM, Holgate Library; and Monday, October 10, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM). Bilingual. “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song. One for each family.”

Viking Braid”, Saturday, October 8, 10AM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Ages 10 and up. $25. Preregistration required; register online: “It’s all in the twist. All the way back to Viking times, settlers had to depend on themselves to produce the basics of what they needed, down to the simplest of items like rope, cord, and braid. This class will examine all three types and how they were made by hand. We’ll also construct our own lucet fork and begin a braided cord project.” 

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, October 8, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “Want to get to know the cemetery better? Take one of our monthly tours. Tours highlight Portland’s founders and regionally-known pioneers.”

Indie Author Day”, Saturday, October 8, 11AM, Hollywood Library. “Join us for a webcast of a panel presentation from leaders in publishing, digital technology and libraries as they offer up guidance and insight to local writers navigating the independent publishing ecosystem. The webcast will be followed by an information session about the next round of the Library Writers Project, where we will once again solicit local authors to submit their work for inclusion in the library’s electronic collection.” 

Harvest Day”, Saturday, October 8, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul, OR. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Join us at Champoeg as we celebrate the fall season and especially the harvest. Harvest time was of great importance to the pioneers and early farmers of the French Prairie. It was also a time for socializing with neighbors, playing of games, relaxing with friends and enjoying the fruits of one’s hard work. Activities will include: apple press and cider making, children’s games of the 1800s, story telling, hands on restored stage coach, apple snap challenge, mule pulled seeder as we plant our cover crop, blacksmiths and wood carvers, wheelwrights and a cooper.”

Mushroom Dyeing Workshop”, Saturday, October 8, 11AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Ages 12 and up. $15. Preregistration required; call 503-815-6803. “Join us to learn the art of dyeing with mushrooms with artist Julie Beeler. Participants will get exposed to basic information about mushrooms, their habitat and proper identification skills. We will be working with wool and silk and learning about different types of mordant and modifiers to create a variety of colors. Each participant will make a shibori mushroom dyed scarf.” 

Earthquake Preparedness”, Saturday, October 8, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library; Tuesday, October 11, 6PM, Gresham Library; and Saturday, October 15, 4PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by the Office of Emergency Management. “In this workshop, you will learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Discussions will include how to make a family plan, build an emergency kit and what items should be included and the proper way to store them.” 

Screening, “Holla”, Saturday, October 8, 4PM, Kenton Library. “Pushed out of the inner city by rising costs and economic development, minority families increasingly settle in outer Portland and Gresham. ‘HOLLA’ chronicles the organization of the same name, founded by Pastor Eric Knox to mentor kids of color in predominantly white and white-taught schools. The film explores the lives of three young women on the HOLLA basketball team, as mentorship subtly transforms their experience. Through tough love and tenderness the kids learn to hurdle obstacles and adversity in a system biased against them. Screening will be followed with a short Q and A lead by the director of HOLLA.”

Concert, “Grupo Condor”, Saturday, October 8, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Grupo Condor is a touring folk music ensemble that embodies traditional musical styles of all of Spanish-speaking America.”

“Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, October 8 and Saturday, October 22, 7PM, Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. 5th St. $15 adults, $10 for kids 15 and under. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “The Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a Park Ranger through the reconstructed fort's Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor's House, Kitchen, and Bake House. In each building, visitors will experience historical vignettes with costumed living history interpreters, including graduates of the park’s Youth Volunteer Programs. Visitors will learn what activities would have occurred during the evening hours at Fort Vancouver, and enjoy a cup of hot cider at the end of the tour.”

“It’s A-Maze-ing!”, Saturday, October 8, 10AM-1PM, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. Join us for puzzles, mazes and magic at the Museum! Magician Jay Frasier will perform a family magic show full of comedy and audience participation at 11 a.m. Make a craft to take home. Puzzles will be presented throughout the event by the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery.”

“Mushroom Foraging”, Saturday, October 8, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “This program covers how to get started in mushroom foraging: equipment needed, field guide choice and mushroom identification basics.” 

“Pan Flute Workshop”, Saturday, October 8, 3PM, Tualatin Library. Grades 3 and up. Bilingual. Preregistration required; register online:ñas-grades-3-and “After the performance by Grupo Condor, 25 children make their own pan flute in a workshop taught by the performers.” 

“Chehalem Ridge Sneak Peek Nature Walk and Tour”, Saturday, October 8, 9AM and 11:30AM (Spanish and English), Chehalem Ridge Nature Park, Gaston. Free. Preregistration required; details online: “Join Metro and community partner Centro Cultural as they lead a sneak peek nature walk tour of Chehalem Ridge Nature Park, east of Gaston, south and Forest Grove and Cornelius. Learn about the natural habitat and wildlife as well as the current planning process to make Metro’s next nature park.” 

Soap Making”, Saturday, October 8, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $18. One ticket per batch; maximum 3 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn about the reactions that go into making soap and why the product is so great at cleaning. Make soap from scratch to take home! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. General Admission is not included in the price of admission.” 

Screening, “Spare Parts”, Saturday, October 8, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “ Four Hispanic high school students join a robotics club. With no experience, $800, used car parts and big dreams, this rag tag team competes against MIT, a top-level robotics champion, in an underwater competition. Rated PG-13. Local student Fernando Aguilar will speak briefly before the movie about his personal immigrant experience as a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student. This program is part of Hillsboro Reads 2016.” Trailer here:

“General Outdoor Preparedness”, Saturday, October 8, 9AM, Sweet Home Ranger Station, Sweet Home. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “This eight hour, half in classroom, half hands-on class is a great way to lean how to stay alive in the woods outdoors in Western Oregon. This class is well known for teaching people a very good way to start a fire in Western Oregon with very little. It is our goal in sharing our knowledge of this and many other skills to save lives. Knowledge is light and fits right in your pocket! We Will be taking a short hike and working on skills along the way. If the weather is bad we will construct an alternative exercise. Please bring your daypack if you have one and bring dress for the weather. Please bring a lunch.” 

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, October 9, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.” 

The 1916 and 1920 Elections”, Sunday, October 9, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and OHS Trustee Doug Pahl for an enlightening discussion of American politics and historic twentieth century elections preceding America’s next Presidential Election. The 1916 Presidential Election was won by one of the closest margins in history. Pitting incumbent Woodrow Wilson against former New York Governor and Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes, a mere 1,887 votes separated these men from ascending to the revered office. Many factors behind-the-scenes impacted this close margin, from newly voting women, to the fractioned Republican Party, to campaign tactics that preyed on Americans' fear of joining the Great War. The 1920 Presidential Election is best known for penning the term ‘smoke filled room,’ describing the venue in Chicago's Blackstone Hotel where Republican bosses met during a convention deadlock and decreed that Ohio Senator Warren Harding would be the party's presidential nominee. The same year is also marred by a bitter feud between California Senator Hiram Johnson and an Oregon delegate to the convention, which led to a history-changing moment in America politics.” 

Open House at the Davis Graveyard”, Sunday, October 9, 11AM-4PM, 8703 SE 43rd Ave., Milwaukie. Free. The Davis Graveyard is a fabulous Halloween display, and during their open house you can see a bit behind the scenes and learn how they make their own amazing displays. In addition this year they are adding “Zombie Apocalypse Disaster Preparedness Awareness”: “Zombie face painting, raffle, information about Emergency Preparedness, and so much more at this free event!”

Fierce Reads: Young Adult Fiction Tour”, Sunday, October 9, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. “Join us for the Fierce Reads tour, featuring new works by four authors of young adult fiction: Leigh Bardugo with Crooked Kingdom, Kami Garcia with The Lovely Reckless, Emma Mills with This Adventure Ends, and Caleb Roehrig with Last Seen Leaving. This event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Sara Gundell of Novel Novice.” 

Concert, “Two Spirit Jazz”, Sunday, October 9, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. Honoring George Gershwin and Art Blakey. “Having performed around the great Portland area for the past six years, the duo finally released their self-titled debut record. Now, with singer Suzanne Callaway on guitar and Theresa Riccardi on drums, they are ready to embark into new territories. Their style is focused on the Great American Songbook, jazz standards and swing. In this program, the two will honor some of the Jazz Greats by celebrating their birthdays and bringing their music into the local Portland communities.”

“Treasure-Re Returns: Re-Purpose it!”, Sunday, October 9, 3PM, Vancouver Library, Children’s Program Room, Level 3. “Bring items to re-purpose and get expert, hands-on help to transform your old clothes into a beautiful rag rug or a fabulous tote.” 

Author Talk, “James Gleick”, Sunday, October 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. James Gleick presents, “Time Travel: A History”. “From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself. The story begins at the turn of the previous century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book and an international sensation: The Time Machine. It was an era when a host of forces was converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological: the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks. James Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea that becomes part of contemporary culture—from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Jorge Luis Borges to Woody Allen. He investigates the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.”

Author Talk, “Kate Ristau”, Sunday, October 9, 3PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Portland author Kate Ristau returns to Annie Bloom's for her latest middle grade fantasy novel, 'Clockbreakers'. On her eleventh birthday, Charlie receives a key to go back in time. But before she blows out her candles, she rolls her wheelchair right into Ancient Greece with her best friend Maria and her former best friend Trent. She’s a Clockbreaker on an action-packed adventure with a mission: to save her father, and perhaps even save the world.”

Screening, “A River Between Us”, Monday, October 10, 5:30PM, Northwest Library; Tuesday, October 18, 6PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Saturday, October 22, 3PM, Belmont Library; and Saturday, October 29, 3PM, Hollywood Library. “A River Between Us documents the largest river restoration project in American history. Nearly three hundred miles in length, flowing from southern Oregon to northern California, the vast communities of the Klamath River have been feuding over its water for generations, and as a result, bad blood has polluted their river and their relationships equally. A post-film discussion will be led by a staff member.” Trailer:

Author Talk, “Cheryl Hill”, Monday, October 10, 6:30PM, Sandy Library. “Oregon native Cheryl Hill is a photographer, hiker, and lookout enthusiast. A lifelong history buff, she is the author of 'Mount Hood National Forest and Fire Lookouts of Oregon', and works as a librarian in the Portland area.” “The first lookouts were rustic camps on mountaintops, where men and women were stationed to keep an eye out for wildfires. As the importance of fire prevention grew, a lookout construction boom resulted in hundreds of cabins and towers being built on Oregon’s high points. When aircraft and cameras became more cost-effective and efficient methods of fire detection, many old lookouts were abandoned or removed. Of the many hundreds of lookouts built in Oregon over the past 100 years, less than 175 remain, and only about half of these are still manned. However, some lookouts are being repurposed as rental cabins, and volunteers are constantly working to save endangered lookouts. This book tells the story of Oregon’s fire lookouts, from their heyday to their decline, and of the effort to save the ones that are left.”

Mushroom Night”, Monday, October 10, 6:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join us in October for our second annual mushroom night! This event will follow on the heels of our second Sunday mushroom hike, and will elaborate on topics and species introduced on the hike. It will also be an opportunity for folks to bring in their mushroom finds for identification and discussion! At 6:30pm there will be examples of several Pacific Northwest fungal species to observe, with knowledgeable volunteers available to answer questions. Be sure to catch our presentation on mushroom identification and ecology, from 7-8pm!”

Author Talk, “Bryan Shih”, Monday, October 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Photojournalist Bryan Shih presents his book, “The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution”. “Even fifty years after it was founded, the Black Panther Party remains one of the most misunderstood political organizations of the twentieth century. But beyond the labels of “extremist” and “violent” that have marked the party, and beyond charismatic leaders like Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver, were the ordinary men and women who made up the Panther rank and file. In ‘The Black Panthers’, photojournalist Bryan Shih and historian Yohuru Williams offer a reappraisal of the party’s history and legacy. Through stunning portraits and interviews with surviving Panthers, as well as illuminating essays by leading scholars, The Black Panthers reveals party members’ grit and battle scars—and the undying love for the people that kept them going.”

The Wong Street Journal: A Special Presentation from Kristina Wong”, Monday, October 10, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Kristina Wong was recently featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series ‘highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.’ She is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured throughout the United States and UK.”

Screening, “October Sky”, Tuesday, October 11, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “This Hillsboro Reads movie features high school boys from a small 1950's Appalachian coal-mining town who start making their own rockets, overcome local scorn and family disapproval, and discover a future in rocketry with NASA. This program is part of Hillsboro Reads 2016, featuring 'Spare Parts' by Joshua Davis, the story of a high school robotics team and their unlikely championship competition.” This is a drama based on the autobiography of Homer Hickam Jr. of the same title. Trailer here:

Produced by Her”, Tuesday, October 11, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Produced by Her is a girls documentary fimmaking program. In the summer of 2016, 11 girls, age 12-17, worked with women in media, to create their own documentaries! Produced by Her is a 5-week program from Vox Siren and Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest that inspires girls to share the stories of women in Portland. The important stories of women are underrepresented in history curricula, media and film. Produced by Her is changing that by creating an environment where the stories that girls want to tell are prioritized and by providing the opportunity for mentorship from professional women in media.”

The Banjo”, Tuesday, October 11, 4PM, Troutdale Library; and Friday, October 14, 4PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Zach Hudson wrote a children's book about a boy who finds a banjo; his father, Jere, illustrated it. Join Zach and Jere as they share the story and play some songs on the banjo and guitar.” 

Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop”, Tuesday, October 11, 6PM, and Monday, October 17, 6PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required; register online: “This workshop empowers people to reduce lead exposure and lead poisoning in their lives. It provides participants with the tools and resources needed to locate lead sources within their home and occupation, stabilize or eliminate hazardous lead conditions, and find additional agencies and organizations in the Portland metro area that can help to further limit lead hazards in the home. Participants receive a booklet and kit of lead-safe cleaning and testing materials.” 

Mushroom Foraging and Identification”, Tuesday, October 11, 6PM, West Linn Library. “This class focuses on how to get started in mushroom foraging, covering what tools and equipment are needed, field guide choices and mushroom identification basics. Whether you want to learn about mushrooms out of curiosity or to hunt for a forest grown meal, this class will get you headed down the right path and introduce you to the beautiful and inspiring world of fungi.” 

Author Talk, “Marilynne Eichinger”, Tuesday, October 11, 7PM, Broadway Books, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. “Broadway Books is pleased to announce that former OMSI President Marilynne Eichinger will join us to read from her new book 'Lives of Museum Junkies: The Story of America’s Hands-On Education Movement'. Eichinger takes us behind the scenes into museum development in the ‘60s and the factors that propelled the hands-on education movement into prominence. Follow the missteps and breakthroughs of Eichinger and eleven other naive but dedicated museum directors, board volunteers, and National Science Foundation managers as they worked to change the way science was taught. Responding to the latest research in learning and child development, they created engaging self-teaching displays that affected the landscape of 2,900 centers worldwide while serving 98 million people in the United States. Founder and director of Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing, Michigan, Marilynne Eichinger went on to become president of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland’s renowned museum dedicated to interactive learning. In 1995, she established the Museum Tour Catalog, which circulates educational material and toys to more than two million households.”

Author Talk, “Steve McQuiddy”, Tuesday, October 11, 7PM, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. Free. “You are in for a treat! Hear Steve McQuiddy author of ‘The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley’ talk about this American nature writer and diarist whose childhood journal was published in 1920.”

Author Talk, “Adam Sawyer”, Tuesday, October 11, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Adam Sawyer discusses his book, “Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon”. “Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike, paddle, or bike ride? ‘Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon’ details nearly forty of the best hikes, paddles, bike routes, and adventures within an hour’s drive from the Portland, Oregon, area. This book is perfect for the urban and suburbanite who may be hard-pressed to find great outdoor activities close to home.”

Makerspace Jewelry Making Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, October 11, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to make amazing jewelry with the makerspace's awesome tools and equipment and take it home. We will make 3D Word Art Jewelry, metal rings, laser cut earrings and more.” 

Screening, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age”, Tuesday, October 11, 7PM, Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, 1500 Greentree Rd., Lake Oswego. “Screenagers: the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work. Join us for a FREE showing of the documentary. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.”

Oregon, Decidedly Wolf Land”, Tuesday, October 11, 7PM, Montgomery Park lower ballroom, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Pdx. Suggested donation $5. “With two new Oregon gray wolf pups born just in July, wolves are back on the minds of Oregonians. Through the Oregon Wolf Plan, this apex predator has returned as far as the Southern Cascades. As one of the most stigmatized species world-wide, their recovery is nothing short of miraculous! Join Portland Audubon in welcoming Carter Niemeyer, retired biologist and wolf trapper, back to our Speakers Series to talk about cutting-edge research, wolf ecology, and the vital role the species play in the health of local ecosystems. Carter’s talk will take us along his journey with wolves, and he’ll share with us new and exciting research. Much like his book Wolf Land, which Carter will be signing afterwards, his talk will touch on field stories and his invocation for wild places. Carter's mantra is, ‘Wolves are here to stay" and we need to learn to live with them’.”

Flipping Awesome Flip Books”, Wednesday, October 12, 4PM, Sherwood Library. Grades 4 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “The hand-drawn animation workshop is a hands on workshop designed to introduce participants to the world of animated cartooning. Students will learn simple techniques and methods to make their own drawings come to life. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to whiteboard animation and will also have the opportunity to create their own flip book. This is a great workshop for artists of all abilities. Both beginners and experienced artists are welcome!” 

Owl Prowl”, Wednesday, October 12, and Tuesday, October 25, 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Whooooo goes there? Join the refuge's owl enthusiast Seth Winkelhake and get to know this outstanding hunter. Owls remind us that nature is still very active after the sun goes down. During this night hike you'll learn about the different owls who call the Refuge home and their mysterious nocturnal lives. You'll explore their habitat and learn about their amazing adaptations for life at night. Flashlights provided.” 

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, October 12, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Come and join us for a low-key, high-fun collage night. We supply magazine, collage materials, some scissors, glue and ambiance. Come and make new paper cutting friends!”

Dash and Dot: Robotics Adventure for Teens”, Wednesday, October 12, 4PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Put entertaining robots through their paces while learning how to code. The class uses IPads and Google's Blockly language to meet challenges and achieve goals. Students will work in teams to get the best solution.” 

Ethnobotany”, Wednesday, October 12, 1PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “Many of the plants which we ignore on our walks in the woods actually played an important part in the everyday lives of North American indigenous people. And many people are surprised to learn what they considered as delicacies, such as grubs, baby birds, grasshoppers. Roger will also talk about how they used various trees for housing and weapons as well as the challenges of foraging for their livelihood. Among this seemingly primitive existence, indigenous people knew how to make aspirin, which they used for headaches and soothing aches and pains.” 

City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales”, Wednesday, October 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx; and Tuesday, October 25, 7PM, Broadway Books, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Reading at Powell’s: authors Mark Russell, Brigitte Winter, Rene Denfeld, and Dan DeWeese. Reading at Broadway Books: authors Kevin Meyer, Leslie What, Jeff Johnson, and Stevan Allred (donuts served and costumes encouraged). “A spooky pre-Halloween celebration featuring several contributors reading from the new anthology City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales. Edited by Gigi Little and published by Portland’s own Forest Avenue Press, City of Weird conjures up what we fear: death, darkness, and ghosts; hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds; blood drinkers and game show hosts. Set in Portland, these thirty original stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines. This collection is quirky, often chilling, at times surprisingly profound -- and always perfectly weird.”

Oregon Ghostly Legends”, Wednesday, October 12, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join us for a fun, interesting - and spine tingling show! The Oregon Tellers use "real" legends and hauntings from around the state to create an inspired storytelling performance. Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke perform together as The Oregon Tellers.” 

Party in Sleepy Hollow”, Wednesday, October 12, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Ages 4-12. “Enjoy crafts and games with Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman and catch a sneak peek of the upcoming play, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow! Co-sponsored with the Beaverton Civic Theatre.” 

Introduction to Mushroom Identification”, Wednesday, October 12, 6:30PM, Metro Regional Center, room 370A, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. $6 per person. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Have you ever seen a mushroom in the woods and wondered what it was? In this talk, mushroom enthusiast Leah Bendlin will teach you the basics of mushroom identification. Learn how to start sorting species by their physical characteristics and ecology. Bring in your own finds for hands-on practice.” 

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up and Away!”, Wednesday, October 12, 3PM, White Salmon Library. “Enjoy a Mad Science magic trick and get ready to be dazzled by a series of experiments that feature the awesome power of gas: Air, hot air, air pressure, moving air, smoke and suction are all up for demonstration.” 

“Shaping a Cultural Landscape at Willamette Falls”, Wednesday, October 12, 6:30PM, Midway Historic Public House, 1003 7th St., Oregon City. Limited seating. “Cultural Landscapes are often used to create a lens that allows the stories of a place to live on after many of the historic structures have been lost to time. Laurie Mathews, Director of Preservation Planning + Design at MIG will share the work she is doing to create a cultural landscape report for the Willamette Fall Legacy Project ( The event will also provide an opportunity for the audience to share their thoughts on how to tell the stories of this extraordinary place through the design and interpretation of the riverwalk.” 

“What Doesn’t Kill You…How Early Experiences Shape You, Your Health, and Your Kids”, Wednesday, October 12, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 suggested donation at the door. “Your experiences in early childhood are not just the beginning of your life story, rather, they set the tone for how you will respond to life events for years to come. Childhood experiences that are consistently stressful or traumatic get “under the skin” and shape the brain and the body in ways that put us at risk for mental and physical health problems as adults. These experiences can also affect the way we parent our children. At this Science on Tap, Sara Waters, PhD, professor of Human Development at WSU Vancouver, will talk about how and why traumatic childhood experiences stay inside our minds and bodies for a lifetime and what we can do about it. She will talk about her research on how parents transmit stress to their children and intervention programs that help heal the effects of early trauma.”

OMSI Presents, “Hunters of the Sky”, Wednesday, October 12, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4740 starting October 5. “Come get a bird’s-eye view of how hawks, owls and eagles survive in the wild. Learn about special adaptations such as silent flight and how it helps birds catch their prey. Those attending will have the opportunity to dissect an owl pellet.” 

Frankentoys”, Thursday, October 13, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. Ages 8-18. Preregistration required; register online. “Be a mad scientist! Create your own Frankentoy by taking parts of broken toys and putting them together into your own creation. Some broken toys will be provided for your use but feel free to bring your own broken toys to take apart and even share. For ages 8 and up. Children under 11 years must be accompanied by an adult throughout the workshop.” 

LED Paper Helicopters for Teens”, Thursday, October 13, 4:30PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. “Using copper tape, batteries and lights, we'll make paper helicopters! Will yours light up??” 

Why Aren't the Great Women Artists of Greece and Rome Better Known?”, Thursday, October 13, 7:30PM, Willamette University, Hatfield Library, 900 State St., Salem. "In this illustrated lecture, Kristen Seaman reconstructs the roles of women artists in Greece and Rome by assembling evidence in literature, epigraphy, and visual culture. She considers how and why ancient and modern scholars have included or omitted them in their art-historical writing, and she traces the women’s places in schools of painting, retrieves their styles, and finds historical comparanda for their artistic, educational, and economic circumstances."

Author Talk, “Among Animals 2”, Thursday, October 13, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Annie Bloom's welcomes local writers Rachel King and Catherine Evleshin, who will read from their contributions to Among Animals 2, a collection of short fiction from Ashland Creek Press. "The relationships among human and non-human animals have captivated writers since the beginning of time—and the ways in which these relationships have evolved (and sometimes have not) continue to inspire writers of contemporary short fiction around the world. This carefully curated collection of stories explores the ways in which we live among—and often in conflict with—our non-human counterparts. These stories feature animals from the familiar (pets and strays) to the wild (deer and birds) to the less beloved but no less important (cockroaches and fish). Within these pages are glimpses of the world through the eyes of those who live among, who rescue, and who study these animals, and these collected tales highlight the ways in which animals and humans understand and challenge one another.”

Author Talk, “Colin Dickey”, Thursday, October 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Colin Dickey presents his book, “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places”. “An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, Ghostland takes readers on a road trip through some of the country's most infamously haunted places--and deep into the dark side of our history.”

B-Sat: Bestselling Authors of Tomorrow”, Thursday, October 13, 4:30PM, Vancouver Library, Klictitat Room Level 4. Ages 12-18. “Teens, share your writing with other teens and get feedback! Produce new stories/poems.” Monthly. 

Milagro Theater Presents, “El Muerto Vagabundo”, Thursday, October 13 through November 6, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx. Bilingual. Advance tickets $18 for the preview on October 13, $27 adults, $25 seniors, $20 students and veterans. “Once a year, the dead return to the land of the living to visit their loved ones. This devised production deals with ‘homeless’ muertos and was inspired by an obituary of a homeless veteran without friends and family. This new production explores what happens when a muertito has no family remaining and no home to return to.”

Screening, “White Like Me”, Thursday, October 13, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. The following week, October 20 at 6PM, there will be a discussion about the film. “"White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege.” Trailer here:

“Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece”, Thursday, October 13, 6:30PM, White Salmon Library. “Lance Rhoades, film and literature historian with the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, discusses how Mary Shelley's ‘Frankenstein’ serves as a vivid allegory in debates about technology, slavery, and universal suffrage.” 

“Graphic Fantastic”, Thursday, October 13, 4PM, McMinnville Library. “To celebrate Teen Read Week, we're hosting a graphic novel book club for teenage girls age 13-18 and discussing ‘Rapunzel’s Revenge’ by Shannon Hale in the Library's Carnegie Room. Multiple copies of the book will be made available for check out at the McMinnville Public Library a few weeks prior to the meeting.”

“YA Author Fonda Lee and Mixed Martial Arts Demo”, Friday, October 14, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Ages 11-18. “As part of Teen Read Week, local YA author Fonda Lee will discuss her book, 'Zeroboxer' and preview her upcoming novel, Exo. She will talk about why she wrote a science fiction novel for teens focusing on Mixed Martial Arts set in the zero gravity of space. One lucky attendee will win a copy of her new novel. There will also be a Mixed Martial Arts demonstration from 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. We are giving away free copies of Zeroboxer in September to 20 local teens. To participate, do the following: Go to the Cedar Mill Library reference desk near the teen section or visit our Bethany branch, ask for a free copy of Zeroboxer, and add your name and contact info to our list. For ages 11-18 only. Recipients are expected to read the book and come to hear the author speak at the Cedar Mill Library on October 14th at 2 PM. Those who cannot come to the event or don’t think they will read it will NOT receive a copy.”

Young Adult Book Club”, Friday, October 14, 6PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. “The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We'll read anything, from Alexie to Zusak, from historical fiction to space opera. This month we meet to discuss Keeper of the Lost Cities, the magical adventure by Shannon Messenger. Join us!”

Couv Fest NW 2016”, Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Free. All ages. Featuring 18 local bands. “CouvFest NW is a free, annual Festival, put on by local artists, and businesses, showcasing the music and arts of Vancouver, Washington.” 

Anime the Easy Way”, Friday, October 14, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Presented by artist Jason Thibodeaux. Preregistration required; register online: “Love anime and manga, but don't know how to draw it or want to improve on what you already know? Learn tricks and techniques for drawing your favorite characters and designing your own. Use professional bristol paper and ink to do line work. Any experience level welcome.” 

Astronaut Mike Barratt, M.D.”, Friday, October 14, 11AM and 7PM, and Saturday, October 15, 11AM, OMSI Auditorium. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “For an in-depth, first person account of life in space, local astronaut Michael Barratt, M.D., will present free public lectures followed by audience Q/A. Dr. Barratt frequently visited OMSI as a child where his mother worked as a volunteer. Barratt attended OMSI classes and built his first telescope with the help of a former OMSI Planetarium director. With NASA since 1991, Barratt spent 199 days in space as Flight Engineer for Expeditions 19 and 20 in 2009. He currently serves in the NASA International Space Station Operations and Integration branches to handle medical issues and on orbit support.”

Spooky Stories to Tell in the Dark”, Friday, October 14, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Ages 8 and up. “Join us for an afternoon of full of scary stories. Enjoy a snack while listening to these frightful tales. For children ages 8 and up.” 

Author Talk, “Soman Chainani”, Friday, October 14, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. Soman Chainani presents the 4th book in his bestselling “The School of Good and Evil” series, “The Ever Never Handbook”.

“The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”, Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, 7PM, Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Pdx. $32.50. All ages. “Radio play meets comic book in a one-of-a-kind live show! Everything cool these days seems to be coming out of Austin, Texas, and this show is the latest example. Telling an all-ages adventure story set in the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis mashes up comic-book and radio-play formats into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, a new art form, the Live-Action Graphic Novel. Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color hi-res comic book panels tell a hilarious sci-fi adventure story visually from an enormous movie screen. And it’s all done live in front of your eyes.”

Author Talk, “Richard Waitt”, Friday, October 14, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, sub-basement Room S17, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Meeting of the Geological Society of the Oregon Country. Free and open to the public. Parking at PSU is free after 7PM. Dr. Richard Waitt discusses his book, “Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount Saint Helens”. “A napping volcano blinked awake in March 1980. Two months later, the mountain roared. Author Richard Waitt was one of the first to arrive following the mountain's early rumblings. A geologist with intimate knowledge of Mount St. Helens, Waitt delivers a detailed and accurate chronicle of events. His eruption story unfolds through unforgettable, riveting narratives--the heart of a masterful chronology that also delivers engrossing science, history, and journalism.” 

“Jurassic Quest”, October 14-16 in Spokane, and October 21-23 in Central Point, OR. “Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 50 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more!”

“C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, October 15, 11AM-3PM, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, Pdx. Suggested $5 donation. “We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.”

“Mobile Photography Workshop”, Saturday, October 15, 10AM, Sherwood Library. Ages 14 to adult. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. Bring your camera phone. “Think you can’t get great pictures from your camera phone? Come explore the basics of lighting, exposure, focus and composition in this 2 hour workshop. You’ll be amazed at what you can create!” 

TurkFest”, Saturday, October 15, 12PM-6PM, and Sunday, October 16, 12PM-5PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Turkey through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, an authentic Turkish tea house, and a lively marketplace. This enriching, engaging, and entertaining festival of friendship celebrates the multiple cultures that link modern Turkey to the East and West.”

“Cheese Making”, Saturday, October 15, 10AM, OMSI Parker Room. Ages 8 and up. $18. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore the wonderful world of cheese making! We’ll learn the art and science of making cow’s milk fresh mozzarella cheese in this class. Participants will sample a variety of cheeses, make their own mozzarella, and learn several recipes using their homemade cheese. One batch of cheese per ticket. One ticket per batch of cheese, maximum three participants per ticket.” 

“Frankentoys for Teens”, Saturday, October 15, 2PM, Vancouver Library, Teen Central Level 1. “Bring out your inner mad scientist and transform cute, cuddly stuffed animals into mutant creatures.” 

“Harvest Fest”, Saturday, October 15, 10AM-2PM, Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Rd, Pdx. $5 requested donation. “This fall harvest celebration includes free pumpkins, face painting, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, hay rides, music, children’s arts and crafts, and Learning Garden tours. A donation of $5 per family is suggested and free raffle tickets come with donated canned goods. Free parking is available in the Event Center parking lot behind Building 9. The hay rides loop around campus, run all day and are staged between buildings 2 and 5. Tours and pumpkins will be in the Learning Garden, and all other activities will take place in the Building 3 mall and in the courtyard.”

“Dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Monument”, Saturday, October 15, 11AM, Vancouver VA Campus, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver. “The Community Military Appreciation Committee and VA Portland Health Care System invite the community to the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Monument. This new memorial will honor 59 Clark County military service members who were killed in Vietnam. All Vietnam era veterans will be recognized and honored with a 50th Anniversary commemorative pin. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 10 a.m. in the VA campus gymnasium adjacent to the Memorial Garden. The dedication will take place at 11 a.m. The event takes place at 1601 E. 4th Plain, follow the signs once you enter the campus.”

“Birding at Ridgefield NWR”, Saturday, October 15, 8AM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Preregistration required; contact Park Ranger Josie Finley at or the office at 360-887-4106. “The following hikes are led by Ron Escano, a retired wildlife biologist who had been leading hikes for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Audubon for over a decade. All hikes meet at 8 am and last for about 3 hours. There is no fee for the hikes but the $3 entrance fee does apply. Please make sure you give yourself enough time to pay your fee or register an applicable pass before the hike starts.” 

“Autumn Felting for Teens”, Saturday, October 15, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. Preregistration required; call 503-655-8543. “Join artist LeBrie Rich to create a beautiful garland of felted oak leaves and acorns. All supplies provided.” 

“Alternative Food Preservation”, Saturday, October 15, 2PM, Vancouver Library. “We all know we can preserve the harvest by canning, drying or freezing. But did you know there are other methods you can use to preserve your freshly harvested produce? Join us as to learn about lacto-fermenting and making herb salts. At the end of this session you’ll have two new easy methods under your belt to preserve all of that delicious fall harvest.” 

“Fleece to Fabric”, Saturday, October 15, 11AM-3PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Vancouver Community Library and the Vancouver Handspinners invite you to a demonstration of all things wooly. We'll explore the process of turning wool into cloth. Watch historic techniques and traditional crafts as we create handmade fabric. See demonstrations of: fiber preparation, handspinning on antique and modern spinning wheels, and also the crafts of knitting, crocheting and weaving.” 

“Oregon City Public Library Grand Opening”, Saturday, October 15, 12PM-3PM with a program at noon. “It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the Grand Opening of the long-awaited, newly built and renovated Oregon City Public Library! Construction of the new library addition is complete and work is almost finished in our historic Carnegie. The grounds are looking vastly improved and we even have new streets. Oregon City has waited a long time for this moment and it is almost upon us. Please help us celebrate and acknowledge the work of the many people who made this possible!” 

Canby Library Grand Opening”, Saturday, October 15, 10AM-4PM. “Grand Opening new location 220 NE 2nd Avenue (next to the movie theatre).” 

"BridgeStories—A Storytelling Slide Show", Saturday, October 15, 2PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Poet and storyteller, Sharon Wood Wortman performs—for the first time at the Ledding Library—‘BridgeStories—A Storytelling Slide Show.’ Free and open to the public, the one-hour mixed-media show is suitable for all ages. See amazing big river bridges from all over the world (including the iconic bridges of the Willamette and Columbia rivers), learn about the major causes of bridge collapse, and ascend through the arch ribs of the Fremont Bridge, to stand at flagpole level. Along the way, we hear the rest of the story about how a relative's gephyrophobia (fear of bridges) contributed to one Oregonian's later-in-life development.”

“Four Easy Steps to Better Pictures”, Saturday, October 15, 1PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: “You don't need a fancy camera to get started! Bring your smartphone and learn what things the pros look for before taking each picture. We will touch on light, angle, crop, and background focusing on how to use each to your advantage; learn to tell your story with beautiful images using available light and the equipment you have on hand.” 

“Let’s Tinker Around for Teens”, Saturday, October 15, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Try. Learn. Try Again. Come and join Tinker Camp design, build and create. We'll use tools from the makerspace to design games, make costume, build spaceships and more. Each month will be a different theme.” 

“Champion Hot Wired Robotics Team”, Saturday, October 15, 10:30AM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “Come hear this Beaverton team's story of their robotics world championship experience in St. Louis in 2016 and watch the champion robot perform. This program is the finale for Hillsboro Reads 2016.” 

“Nail Art: Creepy Eyes for Teens”, Saturday, October 15, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: “It's that time of year--the days get shorter, and thoughts begin to turn to night and mischief. Whatever you're planning, do it in style with this charming nail art that is surprisingly easy to do. Participants will leave class with spooky nails that are sure to catch your eye.” 

“Beyond Fight or Flight: Coping with Conflict”, Saturday, October 15, 3PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: “When conflict comes up - with neighbors, family members, community, or co-workers - what do you do? Would you like to be more effective? Conflict, squabble, friction, disagreement: however you describe it, the feeling is awkward for many, invigorating for some, and always an opportunity. In this interactive workshop, we will introduce and practice a couple of key skills you can apply right away to engage with conflict in ways that often work better...for everyone involved.” 

“Imaginative Approaches to Photography”, Saturday, October 15, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x3. “Professional teaching artist Iris Taboh will be will be joining us for an afternoon workshop on Saturday, October 15th. If you enjoy taking photos but want to start making more creative images you should consider attending this workshop. It will explore how to combine photography basics and art fundamentals to make images that reflect your vision with any camera. The workshop will touch on lighting, composition and different possibilities for expressing yourself. Work by well-known nature and portrait photographers will provide inspiration. You will leave class with new ways to see the world around you.” 

“Life Sized Clue Haunted Style for Teens”, Saturday, October 15, 2PM, Forest Grove Library. Preregistration required; call 503-992-3247. “Whodunit? What was the weapon? Where did the murder take place? Find out in our life sized version of Clue. But this isn't your regular game of clue, it is the haunted version! Instead of the Ballroom, there is the creepy basement, Instead of the Billiards Room, there is a graveyard!” 

“Marshmallows in Space”, Saturday, October 15, 10AM, OMSI Watershed Lab. Ages 6-13 with an adult, 14+ without, up to 3 people per ticket. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore extreme conditions in space using…marshmallows! Does a marshmallow really burst under vacuum pressure? What does a marshmallow taste like after being frozen in liquid nitrogen? We dig into these questions and more as we send our marshmallows ‘into space’ to test other–worldly environments.” 

Mad Science Presents, “Where’s the Water, Watson?”, Saturday, October 15, 10:30AM, Lake Oswego Library. “This show is guaranteed to entertain, engage and educate young audiences on the unique and magical attributes of the water cycle. Children will learn why we need water, why conservation is important and how they can do their share!” 

“Washington County Open Studios”, Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, 11AM-5PM. Free. This year’s tour includes 42 artists and 5 galleries.

“13th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta”, Saturday, October 15, 10AM-4PM, Regatta races beginning at 2PM, Tualatin Lake of the Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. Free. “If you’ve never been to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta odds are you’ve never seen anyone sit inside a giant pumpkin let alone race one across a lake dressed as a superhero or the tooth fairy.” Complete schedule of entertainment and events here:

“1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, October 15, 11AM-3PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Ground. “American Civil War costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.”

“Silkscreening for Teens”, series of 2 classes, Saturday, October 15 and Saturday, October 22, 1PM, Stevenson Library. 

“Demon Among Us: The Salem Witch Trials”, Saturday, October 15, 3PM, Hillsdale Library; Tuesday, October 25, 6PM, Gresham Library; and Sunday, October 30, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Dr. Bill Thierfelder. “When we think of witches and demons, we usually think of horror movies or Halloween. But for America’s 17th-century Puritan settlers, such beings were believed to be a reality, not superstition, and their new home in Massachusetts a place filled with fear and uncertainty. The early colonies were an experiment that—coupled with a backdrop of religious extremism—bred an anxiety so intense it ultimately turned deadly. As a result of religious/civic trials held between February 1692 and May 1693, 19 men and women were put to death following the unsustainable testimony of several young girls. Truly one of the darkest moments in America’s history, the Salem Trials are a constant, potent reminder of what can happen when extremism trumps rational thinking.” 

“San Francisco 1906: Destruction by Earthquake, Trial by Fire”, Sunday, October 16, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Tuesday, October 18, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Presented by Sig Unander, Jr. “The destruction of the leading city in the West over four tragic days by a magnitude 8 earthquake that struck without warning and the firestorm that followed. This epic event changed the city forever and holds lessons as we prepare for the coming Cascadia quake.” 

“Cedar Mill Cider Festival”, Sunday, October 16, 1PM-4PM, John Quincy Adams Young House, 12050 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Donations requested. “See how the pioneers made cider with antique, hand-cranked presses, and sample the results. Listen to the folk, bluegrass and old-time music of Lauren Sheehan and friends, and enjoy a delicious local lunch. Find out more about Cedar Mill history and the plans for the historic JQA Young House. Browse craft booths and learn about local organizations.”

“Heirloom Apple Festival”, Sunday, October 16, 12PM-4PM, Smith Berry Barn, 24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Hillsboro. Free. “Join us for our 23rd annual celebration of all things APPLE! We grow over 20 varieties of modern and heirloom apples, which will be on display to sample and compare. Whether it’s for baking a pie, making applesauce or simply for fresh eating, we can help you find the very best variety to suit your taste. Apple picking will be available, too…as long as we still have apples in our orchard!” We will be grilling up our favorite chicken apple sausages and topping them with caramelized onions. Other treats include our signature squash soup, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, hot apple cider, and of course, homemade apple pie! We bake our pies with individual varieties, so you can choose your favorite, or perhaps find a new one!” Also there will be live music, alpacas, straw mazes, and hayrides.

“Train Fest 2016”, Sunday, October 16, 1PM-5PM, Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. Free. “Come visit our train clubs in Dairyville for this year’s Train Fest 2016! Run trains belonging to the clubs or bring your old or new trains DC of DCC- HO, Hon3, or N scale to test and run. Free repair will be offered for HO or N gauge trains! Also, meet your local hobby staff and ask questions. Delicious Alpenrose Ice Cream, cookies and drinks will be available.”

“Teens Make Pho (Asian Noodle Soup) for Teens”, Sunday, October 16, 3PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; call 503-988-5396. “Pho is a popular Asian comfort rice noodle soup with a beef broth base and Asian spices perfect for fall and winter. Garnish your soup with bean sprouts, chopped cilantro, green onion and lime, and your dish is complete! Join Nang for demonstration and yummy samples.” 

“Mysterious Mushrooms of the Tillamook State Forest”, Sunday, October 16, 11AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. $15. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; email “An amazing variety of fungi thrive in the Tillamook State Forest. Join State Park Ranger, Dane Osis for a program on these wild forest mushrooms. You will view freshly picked fungi, learn to identify edible and poisonous varieties, and discover the important roles that fungi play in forest health. Following the talk, you can take an optional short hike with Dane to search for and identify mushrooms. Feel free to bring in samples of mushrooms for identification.”

“Mushroom Discovery Hikes”, Sunday, October 16, 9:30AM, Scouters Mountain Nature Park, SE Boyscout Lodge Rd. and SE 147th Ave., Happy Valley. $6 per person or $11 per family. All ages welcome but geared towards adults. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms. Join mushroom enthusiast Leah Bendlin on this woodland hike at Scouters Mountain Nature Park to learn about the ecological roles of fungi and how they eat and reproduce. We'll have hands-on exercises and learn how to identify mushrooms. Field guides will be provided.” 

“Art of Personal History Workshop: Create a Family Heirloom Book”, Monday, October 17, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Presenter Lisa Kagan of Family Heirloom Arts will teach participants how to conduct interviews and how to research, write and illustrate their own illustrated Family Heirloom Books. Heirloom books are a creative way to preserve family stories, honor ancestors and share the wisdom and experiences of the past with future generations. This workshop is designed to give participants the tools they need to get started on their own personal history projects and create the type of legacy projects families will treasure for generations to come.” 

“A History of Gardening in Portland”, Monday, October 17, 7:30PM, Oaks Park Dance Pavillion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Free. “The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present an original glass lantern slide show on the history of twentieth century gardens told through the lens of the Portland Garden Club. These slides were created locally by George C. Stephenson (1866-1940) on behalf of the PGC—many of which document the famed Portland gardens of the time including the Kerr gardens and the Frank and Meier Estates. All slides have been delicately colored by hand and will be screened using an original lantern slide projector ca. 1940. Original narration courtesy Suzanne Bishop.”

Author Talk, “Sam Maggs”, Monday, October 17, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. Sam Maggs discusses her book, “Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History”, “A fun and feminist look at forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the bestselling author of ‘The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy’. You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man? Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit? Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin? Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In ‘Wonder Women’, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.”

“Inform Your Vote: Pros and Cons of State Ballot Measures”, Tuesday, October 18, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “Join us as speakers from the League of Women Voters present the pros and cons of the state ballot measures in an unbiased and non-partisan manner, in order to help voters make informed decisions.” 

Author Talk, “Molly Birnbaum and Dan Souza”, Tuesday, October 18, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Molly Birnbaum and Dan Souza, Executive Editors of Cook's Science at America's Test Kitchen, present their book, “Cook's Science: How to Unlock Flavor in 50 of Our Favorite Ingredients”. “Dan and Molly will share surprising discoveries, useful cooking techniques, and best recipes from ‘Cook's Science’. They'll teach you how to make raw kale less bitter, demystify bacon labels, and help you choose the best Porterhouse steak. They will also give you a behind the scenes tour of their brand new digital magazine,, part of America's Test Kitchen, where you'll learn about ice cream college and the science of palate cleansers. Bring your most pressing food, science, or cooking questions; and a friend. It’s going to be fun! Their new book will be available for purchase and Dan and Molly will be signing the books at the end of the event.”

“Owyhee River Journals”, Tuesday, October 18, 6PM, McMinnville Library. “McMinnville Public Library presents a special opportunity to take a vicarious journey with author - Bonnie Olin, into one of the most remote areas in the lower 48 states - The Owyhee Canyonlands - by way of a talk, slideshow, and movie. If you are an outdoor enthusiast or an armchair adventurer, you won’t want to miss seeing the Owyhee, for as Olin tells her audience, ‘You won’t find yourself there on the way to anywhere else.’ Presentation includes: A talk which includes a brief history of the region, location information, and what makes this region special and efforts to protect it; a 13 min. slideshow; a short reading and introduction to the following movie; a 20 minutes video of a 2006 expedition into Deep Creek and the East fork of the Owyhee River (these are the upper regions of the Owyhee in Idaho and Oregon); Q/A period and book signing.”

OMSI Presents, “Going Batty”, Tuesday, October 18, 4PM, Hillsdale Library; and Thursday, October 20, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. “Explore the intriguing world of bats and learn the truth about one of the most misunderstood and beneficial creatures on Earth. Students learn about bat diversity, echolocation and diet. They'll also practice using a mist net, the tool field biologists use to capture and study live bats before releasing them back into the night sky. Topics include adaptations, bat biology and physics of sound.” 

Master Gardener Talk, “The Chelsea Flower Show”, Tuesday, October 18, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Master Gardner and world traveler, Bud Bowen, will present a talk and slide show about the Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Flower Show is the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom. It has been organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) since 2002.” 

AKA Science Presents, “Masters of Illusion”, Tuesday, October 18, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Join us for an hour of 3D glasses, flip sticks and fun animation games - then take your creations home to fool your family and friends!” 

“Meet Your Candidates”, Tuesday, October 18, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Clark County League of Women Voters presents Meet Your Local Candidates Night.” 

“Jugglemania”, Tuesday, October 18, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Experience improbable juggling, unique comedy and amazing acrobatics! By reading and practicing, this Oregon boy gained enough skills to become an internationally touring juggler, magician and comedian. Chinese yo-yos, cowboy lassos, Indian clubs, Egyptian juggling balls and other toys come alive in the hands of an artist that has toured four continents.”

“DIY Craftshop: Felted Acorns”, Wednesday, October 19, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “Unleash your inner crafter at the return of our popular monthly craft series inspired by Pinterest. Make your own felted acorn that you can turn into jewelry, decorations or more. Supplies provided.” 

“Final Presidential Debate Screening”, Wednesday, October 19, 6PM, Sherwood Library. “ The Library will stream the third, and final, presidential debate live on the big screen starting at 6p.m. in the Community Meeting Room.” 

“Introduction to 3D Printing”, Wednesday, October 19, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Computer Classroom Level 1. “Join us for an introductory course on how to use a 3D printer and an exploration of free, downloadable projects.” 

Author Talk, “Kathleen Lane”, Wednesday, October 19, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Kathleen Lane for a reading from her debut middle-grade novel, ‘The Best Worst Thing’. ‘Front door locked, kitchen door locked, living room windows closed. Nobody in the closet, nobody under the beds.’ Still, Maggie is worried. Ever since she started middle school, she sees injustice and danger everywhere--on the news, in her textbooks, in her own neighborhood. Even her best friend seems to be changing. Maggie believes it is up to her, and only her, to make everything all right. Can she come up with a plan to keep everyone safe? ‘The Best Worst Thing’ is a perceptive novel about learning the limits of what you can control, and the good--sometimes even best--things that can come of finally letting go.”

Mosses, Lichens and Liverworts”, Wednesday, October 19, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “Mosses, lichens and liverworts are vitally ecologically important in sustaining the web of life. This is an opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about mosses, lichens and liverworts. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the biology, evolution, ecology, ethnobotanical uses and cultural anthropology of mosses, lichens and liverworts, as well as their role in fighting global climate change, improving urban air quality and as an integral member of the temperate rainforest ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn some of the primary species found in and around Portland and an opportunity to identify and experience many of these species in the field.” 

“Just Uke It!”, Wednesday, October 19, 6PM, Cornelius Library. “Play proudly at your library! Join us for a fun and interactive way to learn the ukulele from local performer Aaron Canwell. Learn beginning skills and background knowledge of the ukulele by picking up one of ten provided instruments or bring your own to complete our ensemble.” 

Author Talk, “H. W. Brands”, Wednesday, October 19, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. H. W. Brands discusses his book, “The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War”. “From master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. From the drama of Stalin's blockade of West Berlin to the daring landing of MacArthur's forces at Inchon to the shocking entrance of China into the war, The General and the President vividly evokes the making of a new American era.”

Your Way not the Wong Way: Finding Your Creative Voice (Workshop for Teens)”, Wednesday, October 19, 4PM, Holgate Library. “Join comedian Kristina Wong for a special workshop for teens in finding creative voices and expressing yourself, your ideas and your passions in some possible unconventional ways.”

Author Talk, “Jeff Davis”, Wednesday, October 19, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove, and Sunday, October 30, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. “Local author Jeff Davis will share spooky tales of Oregon locales featured in his books 'A Haunted Tour Guide to the Pacific Northwest; Portland’s Rose City Ghosts; Ghosts, Critters and Sacred Places of Washington and Oregon I, II and III; Ghosts and Strange Critters of Washington and Oregon; and Weird Oregon). This colorful speaker has also been featured on The Travel Channel’s The Dead Files television series. Join us if you dare!”

Time Management for Today’s World”, Thursday, October 20, 12PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Are you overwhelmed with job and family demands in an increasingly stressful world? Speaker Brenda Buratti will help you to identify your priorities as well as time-wasters. Walk away with strategies to make the most of your valuable time.” 

Author Talk, “Reece Jones”, Thursday, October 20, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Reece Jones discusses his book, “Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move”. “Forty thousand human beings died trying to cross international borders in the past decade, with the high profile deaths along the shores of Europe only accounting for half of the grisly total. These deaths are not exceptional, but rather the result of state attempts to contain populations and control access to resources and opportunities. Drawing on field research in border regions around the world, Violent Borders documents the billions of dollars spent on border security projects and their dire consequences for the majority of the people in the world. While the poor are restricted by the lottery of birth to slums and the aftershocks of decolonization, the wealthy travel freely, exploiting pools of cheap labor and lax environmental regulations. With the growth of borders and resource enclosures, the deaths of migrants in search of a better life are intimately connected to climate change, the growth of slums, and the persistence of global wealth inequality.”

Candy Wrapper Coin Bags for Teens”, Thursday, October 20, 4PM, Oregon City Library. “Prepare for the aftermath of the Great Candy Feast of 2016! Learn how to turn your empty candy wrappers into these sweet little coin bags. And don’t worry if you’ve never threaded a needle in your life. We’ll bring all of the supplies and walk you through the project from beginning to end.” 

The Bug Chicks”, Thursday, October 20, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Learn all about leggy, wingy creatures with Kristie from the Bug Chicks. Find your inner bug dork. It wants to come out and play!”

Science Matters”, Thursday, October 20, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online. “Explore the life of a scientist and do hands on experiments to learn some of the science they discovered.” 

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, October 20, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome.” If you’re a fan, this event is a must!

The Politics of Sand”, Thursday, October 20, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Tom Olsen, a Portland videographer instructor and producer of documentaries, will screen parts of his film ‘The Politics of Sand’.” “This documentary follows the efforts to protect the Oregon Coast line from private development. It starts with the efforts of Governor Oswald West (199 - 1915) by making the sandy shore public highway, ‘I drafted a simple short bill declaring the seashore from the Washington line to the California line a public highway.’ In the 60's this issue came to a head when a Cannon Beach hotel owner decided to block of certain areas of the beach. The confusion was over the high-tide line, vegetation line, and the sandy shores. Governor Tom McCall flew, by helicopter, to Cannon Beach. Another part of the Oregon Coast line was also being threatened by development, so in 1967 McCall pushed the Beach Bill.”

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, October 20, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers, will read scenes in character and discuss the play.” 

NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop”, Friday, October 21, 5PM, McMinnville Library. “National Novel Writing month (NaNoWriMo) is a month-long event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November. Learn how to participate and how to write your novel this November. Meet other writers who are interested - you may be able to help each other reach your word count goals!” More info about NANoWriMo, including their Young Writer’s Program:

Author Talk, “Attack on Titan Anthology”, Friday, October 21, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. Eisner-winning comic book creator and contributor Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Bulletproof Monk) will discuss this anthology. “The manga megahit ‘Attack on Titan’, reinterpreted by some of comics' top talent! Featuring original stories by a long roster of comic superstars such as Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, Michael Avon Oeming, Paolo Rivera, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr! This unprecedented, full-colour collaboration between East and West will be released first in English, making it indispensable for ‘Attack on Titan’ fans and curious comic fans.”

17th Annual Yachats Village Mushroom Fest”, Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23, Yachats. “Calling all fun guys and fun gals to the Yachats Village Mushroom Fest! The coastal village of Yachats is surrounded by lush temperate rainforest that provides (and depends upon) an astonishing array of fungi and mushrooms. This annual festival showcases wild forest mushroom dishes prepared by talented local chefs, culinary markets, and extraordinary opportunities to get to know about mushrooms. You are guaranteed a Fun time while learning about the role of fungi in forest ecology, how to identify mushrooms, harvest sustainably, grow your own culinary mushrooms, and create delicious mushroom dishes. We are honored to host a phenomenal team of fungi scholars and educators who join this festival annually to provide informative mushroom talks, guided walks, workshops and wild mushrooms displays. The festival weekend also offers book signings, arts and crafts, specialty retail items, tastings, and live music.” Details here:

Author Talk, “Rick Rubin”, Friday, October 21, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Rick Rubin discusses his book, "Naked Against the Rain: The People of the Lower Columbia River, 1770 – 1830” “After nearly two decades out of print, ‘Naked Against the Rain’ is being re-published in paperback by Pharos Editions, with a new introduction by Rene Denfeld. In this masterful work, Rick Rubin, a writer by trade and a historian at heart, combined two decades of research with his journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for language to create a compelling and thoroughly readable history of the Native American people who, for thousands of years, lived along the lower Columbia River. Rubin eloquently describes their daily life, recounts their mythologies and spiritual beliefs, and tells how the arrival of Euro-Americans changed their culture forever.”

Portland Retro Gaming Expo”, Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Advance tickets for the whole weekend $30, Friday (just the Retroarcade is open) $10, Saturday $22, Sunday $16, free admission for up to 2 kids 10 and under with each paid adult. “The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is a giant, kick-a** convention of video and arcade games to play, video game panels, video games to buy and thousands of other people who love video games of all generations.” This year there will be a Museum area, plus vendors, speakers, workshops and the Retroarcade with tons of vintage games set on free play.

Fall Edible Mushrooms”, Friday, October 21, 9AM, Sweet Home Ranger Station, Sweet Home. $10. Preregistration required; register online:  “The exact location of the collection is not determined, but we'll look in the Gordon Road area. Please bring your lunch and be prepared to eat outside.” 

The Doll Asylum”, Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, 5PM-10PM; Sunday, October 23, 5PM-9PM, Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 5PM-10PM; and Monday, October 31, 5PM-9PM, 6315 N. Michigan St., Pdx. Donations requested. This is a scary and unique Halloween display made with abandoned dolls. For those parents who don’t like the uncertainty of not knowing what their children will need therapy for when they grow up! 

Ancient Walls 2: Geological Walking Tour of Downtown Pdx”, Saturday, October 22, 10AM, Pioneer Courthouse (6th Ave. side), 700 SW 6th Ave, Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “We can't get enough of exploring Downtown Portland Building Stone! If you missed our Spring tour or just want to see more interesting buildings, join us at 10:00 a.m. October 22nd for Ancient Walls 2 (North Tour). This walking tour of downtown Portland spotlights the ornamental and structural stonework that decorates many historic and contemporary buildings in the core downtown area. The focus of the tour is the story of the rocks and minerals that can be observed from the sidewalk put into context with some architectural and historical observations. This tour is open to the general public.”

Portland Opera to Go: Hansel and Gretel”, Saturday, October 22, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Based on the Grimm Brothers' well-known fairy tale, this live performance by Portland Opera's touring troupe is an adapted, 50-minute English-language version of the German opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. Perfect for children, too!”

Author Talk, “Ralph Nader”, Saturday, October 22, 12PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Ralph Nader discusses his book, “Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think”. “In Breaking Through Power, Nader draws from a lifetime waging--and often winning--David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the United States government. In this succinct, Tom Paine-style wake-up call, the iconic consumer advocate highlights the success stories of fellow Americans who organize change and work together to derail the many ways in which wealth manipulates politics, labor, media, the environment, and the quality of national life today. Nader makes an inspired case about how the nation can--and must--be democratically managed by communities guided by the United States Constitution, not by the dictates of big businesses and the wealthy few. This is classic Ralph Nader, a crystallization of the core political beliefs and commitments that have driven his lifetime of advocacy for greater democracy.”

“Portland VegFest”, Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $9 adults, $6 seniors and students. “Portland VegFest celebrates plant-based living, with free food samples, health and nutrition speakers, chef demonstrations, Fashion and Beauty Stage presentations, Fitness Stage workouts, restaurants, films, and activities for kids and teens. There's something for everyone!”

“Halloween Night Flight”, Saturday, October 22, 5PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Celebrate Halloween at the Audubon Society of Portland as you learn all about the creatures of the night! Come face-to-face with Portland Audubon’s Great Horned Owl, Turkey Vulture and Raven. Enjoy crafts, learning stations, and a naturalist-led night walk that will investigate the creatures that haunt the Audubon sanctuary at night. This FREE family-friendly event is a perfect way to start the Halloween season. You can reserve a spot on the night walk through Audubon’s sanctuary. Space is limited for the night walks so be sure to register early! Event will be held rain or shine. It’s always fun to see the children in costume but it’s not required. Because your child will be walking on the trails, we ask that masks not be worn and that the costume allows them to walk easily.” 

Art of Microscopes”, Saturday, October 22, 10AM, OMSI. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “We will explore ways to manipulate light to make creative images by using camera phones with microscopes. Visitors will be able to print one imagine to take home. It is highly recommended to have taken OMSI's Microscopy for Beginners lab experience.” 

Museum of Natural History Open House”, Saturday, October 22, 1PM-4PM, Portland State University, Science, Teaching and Research Center (STRC) lobby and rooms 219 and 257, 1719 SW 10th Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. All ages. “Come explore the Museum of Natural History's new interactive exhibits developed by PSU students, featuring a diversity of organisms from our scientific collections. Open to everyone, this free, family-friendly, special event is educational fun for all ages!”

Family Nature Fest”, Saturday, October 22, 9AM-1PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. “Family Nature Fest is a celebration of nature featuring live music, special performances, crafts, guided activities, and more.”

Diwali Carnival”, Saturday, October 22, 3:30PM-9PM, Bellevue High School, Bellevue, WA. Advance tickets until October 15: adults $20, kids 3-9 years $15. “Bhartiyam invites you along with your family and friends at our Diwali Celebration. Enjoy an evening with theater class RAMLEELA, Gourmet dinner, Professional Indian cultural program, Free family Portrait, DJ, Live music, Puja followed by Sparklers and Dance floor, all included with ticket price.”

Fashion, Costumes and Wig Designs for Teens”, Saturday, October 22, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Monthly on the 4th Saturday. Preregistration required; see monthly topics and register online: “Come play with costumes, wigs, makeup and costume accessories with Theater Professional Jessica Carr! Learn, explore and create different characters from History to Cosplay and everything in between. These workshops will explore the many areas of theatrical costume design including costume and fashion rendering, wig styling, makeup application and small prosthetic making. Classes can be taken in sequence or separately, all skill levels are welcome!” 

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days”, Saturday, October 22, 1PM, Wilsonville Library. “November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). The goal: write a 50,000 word novel during the month. Not sure how to do it? Come find out! Learn tips and strategies for writing your Great American Novel in record time.” More info about NANoWriMo, including their Young Writer’s Program:

Beaverton Civic Theatre Presents, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Saturday, October 22 and Saturday, October 29, 11AM, 1PM and 3PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $5. “A comical and family-friendly retelling of the classic tale of bumbling schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, after he moves to Sleepy Hollow, a town haunted by a headless horseman.”

“Teen Writing Workshop with Gary D. Schmidt”, Saturday, October 22, 10:30AM, Vancouver Library. Workshop is open to 6th-12th graders who attend school or are homeschooled in FVRL's service area. Preregistration required; register online: “Teens, hone your writing craft with two-time Newbery Honor-winning author and National Book Award Finalist, Gary D. Schmidt.” 

“Philomath Open Studios”, Saturday, October 22, Sunday, October 23, Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 12PM-5PM “Local artists will be opening their studios again for free, self-guided tours. Several shows will be available in local wine tasting rooms. Artists will discuss their processes and show work that may never have been on public display. A full spectrum of artistic mediums will be shown, including collage, painting, fiber art, jewelry, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and many more. 36 artists and 14 studios.”

“Diwali 2016 Celebration”, Sunday, October 23, 4:30PM-8:30PM, Willamette Heritage Center, Spinning Room, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Advance tickets through October 14: $20 adults, $15 for children 5-12 years. “INDUS invites you this year again to celebrate the festival of Lights! This is a family event and anyone can join us for an evening packed with Indian Dance, Music, Food and loads of fun!” More about the Diwali holiday here:

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, October 23, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $10. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab. One ticket per person.”

“Clay Wall Pockets”, series of 2 classes, Saturday, October 22, and Saturday, October 29, 10:30AM, Washougal Citizen Center, 1681 C St. (next to Washougal Library). Preregistration required; call 360-906-4860 to register. “Wall Pockets Part I - Follow step by step instructions to build your own wall vase or wall pocket. Previous attendance at our clay workshops or previous clay work recommended. October 29, 10:30 am-1 pm: Wall Pockets Part II - Return to glaze your fired wall vases. Attendance only open to those who took Part I of this workshop.” 

“Edible Landscaping”, Saturday, October 22, 2PM, Vancouver Library. “Did you know your lawn and surrounding landscaping could be doing double duty and growing your food as well? Join us as we learn from Noah and Jahnavi from Abundant Earth Design and Nursery about the ways in which we can incorporate edible plants into our landscaping in beautiful ways. Or, if you’re ready for a more drastic change, we’ll also learn about how to get rid of our lawns and make the whole thing produce food for us!” 

“Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, October 22, 7PM, Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Always call 503-594-6044 Option 1 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event for a recorded announcement about the status of the night's event. Do not use flashlights. Be prepared in case there is a long wait for your turn to look through the big telescope. Get there early and bring snacks, books, etc. It will be worth it! “Through a partnership with Clackamas Community College, the Rose City Astronomers (RCA) maintain the Haggart Observatory located at the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center on the CCC campus in Oregon City. To offer the public a unique opportunity to access this rare community resource, RCA opens the observatory on 'Public Nights' to members of the general public. On most Public Nights RCA members will also set telescopes up in a nearby parking lot for guests to look through before and after their trip up to the Observatory.”

“Salmon Homecoming”, Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23, 11AM-4PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Nothing says ‘Pacific Northwest’ like the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth. In October, witness this ancient, iconic phenomenon at Oxbow Regional Park along the Sandy River, one of the nation’s designated Wild and Scenic rivers. During the annual Salmon Homecoming, naturalists are on hand to help you see the salmon and explore other aspects of the park’s 1,000 acres of old-growth forest, hiking and equestrian trails and river beaches. Take the chill off around the campfire. Hot drinks provided.”

“Evening Performance at Lelooska”, Saturday, October 22, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under. Preregistration required; register online: “Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in the glimmering firelight of a Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house. The Lelooska Family shares the songs, dances, stories and masks, which display the rights, crests and privileges bestowed on them by the late Chief James Aul Sewide. Chief Tsungani carries on the traditions of his brother, the late Chief Lelooska, performing with other family members in Ariel, Washington, 31 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history. Approximately two hours in length. Evening programs begin at 7:00pm. Grounds open at 5:30pm, including the Lelooska Museum.” 

“Zooming in on Mushrooms”, Saturday, October 22, 11AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. “Fungi are mysterious and elusive organisms. It is estimated that only 5% of fungal species have been described by science. Most of what we know has been limited by the quality of our microscopes. Until now! With new advances in technology, electron microscopes are allowing mycologists to study mushroom feature in incredible detail. Join our featured biologist Catherine Creech as she guides you on a journey to a world unseen and reveals how electron microscopy can lend a hand in identifying our fungal friends!”

“52nd Annual Clackamette Gem and Mineral Show”, Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby. Free. “As you probably know, we are pretty passionate about rocks, and we would like to share this passion with you. On October 22-23 please come and join us for our 52nd annual gem and mineral show in Canby, Oregon. While there will definitely be enthusiastic rock hounds of all ages and from all walks of life, there will be lots of good fun to be had by everyone. There will be activities for kids, demonstrations for adults, silent actions, bargain rock sale and of course various dealer booths.” The Fluorescent Mineral Show is not to be missed!

Concert, “The Wild Wood”, Sunday, October 23, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Coalescing from Portland's thriving music scene, The Wild Wood is a high-energy string band drawing from Bluegrass, Folk, Punk, Gypsy Jazz, Funk and more. They resonate with that part of us which is rooted in a simpler way of life, while delighting us with dynamic arrangements, emotional vocal harmonies and virtuostic solos.”

“Mysteries of Portland”, Sunday, October 23, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “With its vibrant neighborhoods, lush parks, and free-spirited citizens, Portland is the perfect setting for writing stories of crime and mayhem--at least in the eyes of some local mystery writers, who will join together for this panel discussion. Zoe Burke, Warren C. Easley, and others will discuss how living in Portland informs and inspires their work, and how they approach the blank page to weave plots propelled by sinners and saviors.” 

“Tracking Wildlife”, Sunday, October 23, 10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you ever come across animal tracks and scat? Do you wonder what animal left them there? Learn from Certified Tracker, Seth Winkelhake, on how to identify the clues that animals leave behind! All are welcome!” 

“Portland’s Homeless Families”, Sunday, October 23, 3PM, North Portland Library. “Every night in Portland, hundreds of children are homeless: sleeping with their families in cars, on the floors of shelters, or packed into the homes of friends or family members. Portland is consistently among the fastest-growing eonomies in the U.S., but the rising tide has not lifted all boats. In a vividly-written narrative, experienced journalist Richard Schweid takes us on a spirited journey through this "invisible nation," giving us front-row dispatches. Based on in-depth reporting from five major cities, ‘Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America” looks backward at the historical context of family homelessness, as well as forward at what needs to be done to alleviate this widespread, although often hidden, poverty.”

“Cooking Around the World: Crepe Making”, Sunday, October 23, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to make French crepes with fillings.” 

“Costume and Character Design Camp for Teens”, 5 sessions, Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Join costume and wig designer Jessica Carr and learn steps to creating your own fun costume by hand. From concept to accessories to the final product, attendees will get a backstage look at the art of costume design.” 

“Subduction and Seduction: Upping the Appeal of Earthquake Messaging”, Monday, October 24, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. “The Pacific Northwest is subject to giant ‘megathrust’ earthquakes and tsunamis like the devastating ones that struck the Indian Ocean in 2004 and Japan in 2011. Native American stories representing these events date back hundreds of years, and geologists have understood the regional hazards for at least three decades. But because the last megathrust earthquake happened in 1700, before Euro-American settlement, the Pacific Northwest is ill-prepared for the next disaster. Much critical regional infrastructure pre-dates the adoption of appropriate seismic design standards, but equally importantly, our citizenry lacks the first-hand experience with earthquakes that lends a sense of urgency to preparation. In this talk, Associate Professor of Geological Science at Lewis and Clark College, Liz Safran, explores the role that visual media can play in helping the Pacific Northwest become an ‘earthquake culture.’ She will dive into the origins of the hazards we face and some of their potential impacts; explore the power and pitfalls of existing disaster preparation messaging; and tour you through her own experiments into what people take away from media, what motivates them to act, and what role the imaginary can play in grasping the real.”

“Golden Age Archaeology in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings: The Diaries of Mrs Emma B Andrews”, Monday, October 24, 7:30PM, Portland State University, 2nd Floor Gallery, Urban Center Building, 506 SW Mill St (between 5th and 6th Avenue). Free and open to the public. Parking is free in PSU garages after 7PM. Presented by Egyptologist Dr. Sarah Ketchley, University of Washington. “Emma B. Andrews is best remembered for her association with the millionaire lawyer turned archaeologist/art and antiquities collector, Theodore M. Davis. She travelled to Egypt with Davis between 1889 and 1913, and kept a detailed journal of her travels along the Nile during this time. Her work provides a fascinating record of turn of the century society in Egypt and the history of Egyptology, describing some of Davis’s most important discoveries in the Valley of the Kings, including the tombs of Akhenaten (KV55) and the tomb of Yuya and Thuyu (KV46), parents of Queen Tiye, as well as several under-reported significant tombs.”

“Oregon Ghost Stories for Teens”, Monday, October 24, 4:15PM, Midland Library. “Experience the eerie side of Oregon's history in this fun and spooky set of stories performed by Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke - Includes an open mic for audience to tell us your own ghostly tale!” 

“Harmony and Hysteria: Azalea Peet, Margaret Peppers, and the Japanese American Camps of World War II”, Monday, October 24, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. Presented by Linda DiBiase. “United by a common dedication to education and social welfare in the realm of organized religion, Azalea Peet of Gresham and Margaret Peppers of Seattle found their convictions challenged amid the rising tide of anti-Japanese sentiment in the months after Pearl Harbor. When the House Select Committee Investigating National Defense Migration held its hearings in Portland in February, 1942, Peet was the only person to speak out on moral grounds against the forced removal of west coast Japanese Americans. A few months later, Episcopal Deaconess Margaret Peppers accompanied her incarcerated congregation as it moved from Camp Harmony in the Seattle outskirts to Camp Minidoka in Idaho. Eventually, Azalea Peet lived and served in a farm labor camp populated by Japanese Americans in Nyssa, Oregon, while working there with women and children as part of a federated church ministry. In her own way, each woman demonstrated courage in the face of frequently hostile public opinion.”

“Slabtown’s Ghosts and Murderers”, Monday, October 24, 6:30PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required; register online: This subject matter is obviously mainly suited for adults and teens. “Do you like reading books about the paranormal? Tanya Lyn March, ghost historian, has gathered several ghost stories and crime narratives from homeowners, alienists, ephemera collectors and ancient newspapers. Prepare for a kaleidoscope view of the Northwest neighborhood known as Slabtown in each of the unusual murders and unexplainable encounters with ‘the other side’. Learn where the residents of the Pest House were interred and speculate about Ernest Harps and his poltergeist playmate.” 

“Otaku Teens”, Tuesday, October 25, 4:30PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Registration required. Sign up at the Children's Reference Desk and get your free copy of the book while supplies last. “J-Pop fans unite! Join this manga book group and mingle with other otaku teens while watching anime, making stuff and enjoying Japanese snacks. Registration required. Sign up at the Children's Reference Desk and get your free copy of the book while supplies last.” October book: ‘Non Non Biyori’ by Atto. “Hotaru Ichijo leaves the big city and transfers to the tiny Asahigaoka Branch School. It's the biggest culture shock of her life.” 

“Nerf-O-Ween for Teens”, Tuesday, October 25, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “Compete in spooooooky Nerf games for a chance to win prizes! There will also be free candy!” 

“Introduction to Self-Publishing”, Tuesday, October 25, 6PM, West Linn Library. “Interested in self-publishing but don't know where to start? Join Susan DeFreitas and Vinnie Kinsella of Portland-based Indigo Editing and Publications for this special class, which will cover the complete self-publishing process--from preparing your manuscript for publication to holding your published book in your hands (or downloading it to your Kindle!). Be sure to bring your questions for a special Q/A session at the end.” 

“Andrew Jackson, Oregon, and the Trail of Tears”, Tuesday, October 25, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. “Indian removal was a 19th century policy of the United States government whereby Native Americans were removed from their ancestral homelands in the eastern United States to lands west of the Mississippi River, thereafter known as Indian Territory. The policy traced its direct origins to the administration of James Monroe, though it addressed conflicts between European Americans and Native Americans that had been occurring since the 17th century, and were escalating into the early 19th century as white settlers continually pushed westward. Join Tim Alan Garrison, professor of American history, for a discussion on the Indian Removal Crisis of the 1830s. He will explore Andrew Jackson's role in the development of federal policy that resulted in the forced relocation of Indian nations and how that policy impacted the American Indian peoples of Oregon.”

“Teen Monster Felting Workshop”, Tuesday, October 25, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. “Teens, come create your one-of-a-kind cute, creepy, awesome felt monster! LeBrie Rich will be on hand to help with felting techniques! Everyone will leave with their own unique felt monster.” 

Screening, “This Changes Everything”, Tuesday, October 25, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Stevenson Library is screening the documentary film This Changes Everything (inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything), which presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines [of the climate crisis], from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond." Trailer here:

“NaNoWriMo Kickoff”, Tuesday, October 25, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Have you ever wanted to write a novel... some day? National Novel Writing Month is a fun, fly by the seat of your pants adventure designed to make some day today. The goal: write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 30. Join us on October 25 to kick off the month right. We'll have fun and games planned to help you think about your novels and get to know your fellow writers.” More info about NANoWriMo, including their Young Writer’s Program:

"Covering the Eruption of Mount St. Helens — Yesterday and Today", Tuesday, October 25, 6:30PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. “Three dozen years ago The Longview Daily News covered the devastating eruption of Mount St. Helens well enough to win the small newspaper a big league award - the Pulitzer Prize. Bob Gaston, managing editor at the time, will show how the newspaper attacked the story. Then he and Andre Stepankowsky, a reporter in 1980 and an editor today, will reflect on how the story would be covered now in a media landscape that has changed as dramatically as Mount St. Helens reshaped the land around it.”

“Makerspace Upcycled Fashion Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, October 25, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Make clothes even better by refashioning them into something else! Create either wearable garments from upcycled fabric and deconstructed clothing, or creative costumes from everyday discards. Bring your own clothes or use some of ours.” 

“Lighten Up!”, Wednesday, October 26, 4PM, Tigard Library. Ages 10-14. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2656. “Winter is coming-will you be walking and biking in the dark? Join us to customize your backpacks, helmets and clothes with lights and reflective materials. Create your own circuitry for LED lights that will brighten up accessories, and Jack-o'-Lanterns!” 

“Pacific Lamprey”, Wednesday, October 26, 5PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Join us for our monthly Volunteer Community Night and learn about Pacific lamprey with Tryon Creek Education Director and Fisheries Biologist, Gabe Sheoships. Pacific lamprey are among the oldest living fish species known. Gabe will present on their past and present, including lamprey’s importance as a First Food for Native Americans, their critical role in our ecosystem health, and efforts to mitigate their decline. Beer will be provided by our Sponsor Merrell!”

“Night-time Walkabout”, Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27, 6PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. Preregistration required; register online: Ages 8 and up. “Join us for a Night-time Walkabout along the nature trails at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve as the ghosts and goblins come out of the woodwork! Learn how some animals adapt to night time and be prepared for some surprise encounters! “ 

“Woodstock Teen Comics Book Group”, Thursday, October 27, 4:30PM, Woodstock Library. “Engage in conversation about comics, exchange perspectives about characters, design and plot, and get to know other teens.” 

“Can I Eat This? Mushroom ID for Beginners”, Thursday, October 27, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: “The Pacific Northwest harbors a rich diversity of mushroom species. Fungi play critically important roles in the ecology of forests here. Get an introduction by naturalist Ivan Phillipsen to the weird and wonderful biology of mushrooms in our region. Learn how to identify some of the best edible species as well as the poisonous ones. This class will help you see another, under-appreciated facet of life in our beautiful forests.” 

Re-imagined Radio Presents, “Dracula”, Thursday, October 27, doors open at 6PM, show at 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $5 adults, $3 children 11 and under. “What is Re-Imagined Radio? Start with a 1936 theatre. Re-enact historic radio dramas complete with voice actors and Foley sound artists. Garnish with digital SFX, music, and visual backdrops. Overlay student digital interpretations of the base narrative. Invite a live audience to watch, eat popcorn, and participate via social media. The result: Re-Imagined Radio—storytelling as never before heard, or seen.” Lots more about the show and the script from Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre from 1938 here:

Author Talk, “Margaret Peterson Haddix”, Thursday, October 27, 6:30PM, Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium. “Prolific best-selling author Margaret Peterson Haddix visits Salem Public Library for a talk about her life and work, followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Copies of her books will be available for purchase at the event from The Book Bin. She has written more than 30 books for kids and teens, including Running Out of Time; Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey; Leaving Fishers; Turnabout; Takeoffs and Landings; The Girl with 500 Middle Names; Because of Anya; Escape from Memory; Say What?; The House on the Gulf; Double Identity; Dexter the Tough; Uprising; Claim to Fame; The Always War; Game Changer; Full Ride; the Shadow Children series; the Missing series and The Palace Chronicles. She also wrote Into the Gauntlet, the tenth book in the 39 Clues series. Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than 20 different languages.”

“Haunted Vancouver”, Thursday, October 27, 6:30PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Is there a haunted house in your neighborhood? Pat Jollota, author of The Darkness Next Door, shares the spine-tingling, hair-raising stories of local places where ghosts have been reported. Treat yourself to a good scare this season!” 

“Death, Burial, and the Egyptian Past at Graeco-Roman Abydos”, Thursday, October 27, 7:30PM, Willamette University Law School, 245 Winter St. SE, Salem. “Abydos is one of the most important cemetery sites in Egypt, steeped in indigenous Egyptian tradition as the burial site of the first kings of state-level Egypt, as the site of multiple cemeteries in near constant use for 3500 years, and as a major cult center to the god of the dead, Osiris. But what happened to the site at the end of the first millennium BCE, when Egypt was first under the rule the Macedonian Ptolemaic dynasty and then was incorporated into the Roman Empire as a province? Prof. Tom Landvatter of Reed College will present recent research which has revealed much about the site during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods – including the development of the funerary landscape and interactions with earlier, Pharaonic-period remains – important for our understanding of Egyptian society at this time.”

“Mockingbird Comic Signing with Author Chelsea Cain”, Thursday, October 27, 6PM, McMinnville Library.

“13th Annual Teen Murder Mystery”, Friday, October 28, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Library. “Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery? Come in costume and bring your sleuthing skills for this annual event. Prizes for Best Halloween Costume(s) and Best Murder Mystery Solutions.” 

Oregon Home Education Network Presents, “Teen Costume Dance”, Friday, October 28, 7PM-11PM, The Ballroom Dance Company, 8900 SW Commercial St., Tigard. Ages 13 and up. $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door. “The Teen Costume Dance is for homeschoolers 13 years old through high school age. Dates are not required. If you do bring a date or a friend, your date does not have to be a homeschooler (but still at least 13 years old). One person in a 'couple' must be a homeschooler. A variety of dance music will be provided by the DJ! (The music will be profanity free.) There will be prizes for costumes in the following five categories: Most creative, Scariest (not gory), Prettiest, Craziest, Best Make-up. (Please avoid wearing costumes that are graphic, gross, or revealing.) Thanks! If you would like a professional photo of you and your friends, Black Box Photography will be there to capture a great shot for only $5 per picture. You will receive the digital image through email so you can copy it and share it with family and friends!”

“Edible Mushroom Hike”, Friday, October 28, 9AM, Sweet Home Ranger Station, Sweet Home. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn about the uses of wild mushrooms, how to distinguish between edible and non-edible species. Bring a small collecting knife and bags/baskets. Please bring a lunch and be prepared to eat outdoors.” 

“Kumoricon”, Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. “Back for its 14th year of showcasing anime and Japanese culture, Kumoricon is ready for its biggest year yet! Gaining its namesake (kumori) from the Japanese word ‘cloudy’, Kumoricon embodies the best parts of fandom and what it is to live in the Pacific Northwest. Stretching across generations, anime fans have gathered together for an amazing annual event. We are making our biggest jump ever, to the Oregon Convention Center, and we're excited to bring you another wonderful anime convention designed and operated with the fans and their devotion in mind. The Kumoricon family is growing with every passing year, making us the largest anime convention in Oregon, and you helped make us that way!”

“Day of the Dead Celebration”, Saturday, October 29, 1PM, Cornelius Library. Bilingual. “In celebration of Day of the Dead, the first 25 kids will decorate a sugar skull! Learn about the traditions and meanings of the altars. Enjoy face painting and other Day of the Dead crafts!” 

“Franken-animals for Teens”, Saturday, October 29, 1PM, Woodstock Library. “Create your very own Franken-animal or creature by hacking apart stuffed animals and reclaimed materials, then putting it all back together using needle, thread and hot glue. For the final touch, we'll be adding in animatronics to make it one of a kind.” 

“Dia de Los Muertos”, Saturday, October 29, 2PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on. Decorate sugar skulls, create your own mini altars, tissue-paper marigolds and more. Enjoy snacks and get your face painted, too!” 

“Online Privacy”, Saturday, October 29, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Learn about tools that can protect your privacy by limiting the collection of your data online. Class designed for those who are proficient in navigating the internet, downloading files, and installing software. All are welcome to follow along!” 

“The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Chillers”, Saturday, October 29, 2PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. Suggested for teens and adults. “Master storyteller Christopher Leebrick presents his riveting performance of Edgar Allan Poe's masterpiece ‘The Tell-Tale Heart.’ This show also features other spooky tales from around the globe.” 

“Luminarias”, Saturday, October 29, 2PM, Albina Library. “Join artist Kathy Karbo as she leads workshop participants in transforming simple materials into stunning luminarias for your home or garden. Take yours home to enjoy!” 

Author Talk, “Sandra Evans”, Saturday, October 29, 12PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. Sandra Evans discusses her middle reader, “This Is Not a Werewolf Story”. “This is the story of Raul, a boy of few words, fewer friends, and almost no family. He is a loner—but he isn’t lonely. All week long he looks after the younger boys at One Of Our Kind Boarding School while dodging the barbs of terrible Tuffman, the mean gym teacher. Like every other kid in the world, he longs for Fridays, but not for the usual reasons. The woods have secrets...and so does Raul. As soon as the other students go home for the weekend, Raul makes his way to a lighthouse deep in the heart of the woods. There he waits for sunset—and the mysterious, marvelous shapeshifting phenomenon that allows him to go home, too.”

“The Oregon Bird Man”, Saturday, October 29, 4PM, The Mall Library Connection (in the JC Penney Court), Vancouver. “Enter the world of exotic birds! Join us for an up-close and personal look at cockatoos, parrots, macaws and more.”

“A Night at the Museum Halloween Tour”, Saturday, October 29, 5PM-8PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. Donations and canned food for the YCAP accepted.

“Tour of Untimely Departures”, Saturday, October 29, hourly from 5PM-8PM, Lone Fir Cemetery, SE 26th Ave. between SE Stark St. and SE Morrison St., Pdx. Advance tickets $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under and seniors. “Celebrate Halloween weekend at Metro’s historic Lone Fir Cemetery in Southeast Portland. Ghostly guides escort groups of guests on one of two candle-lit routes where they meet some of the cemetery’s residents and hear the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely departures. Ticket sales will go toward restoring the tomb of pioneering brewer brothers George Frederic Bottler and George Michael Bottler. Presented by Metro, in collaboration with Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery and Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation. Please note that dogs are not permitted on cemetery grounds at any time. The tour is fun and informative for the whole family but will contain some mature content (though, no blood or gore). Of course, costumes are encouraged.”

“Spiders”, Saturday, October 29, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. “For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please.”

“Animal Tracking”, Saturday, October 29, 9AM, Kelley Point Park, Pdx. $10-$20 suggested donation. “We would like to invite you to this month's Rewilding Skill Series. The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a class and networking event that happens monthly, that usually occurs (but not always) on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. We ask for a $10 – $20 suggested donation with no one turned away. This month's theme is Animal Tracking. Come learn how to identify and follow animal tracks. Learn more about animal tracking opportunities in the Portland area and beyond. Take home a plaster mold of an animal track!”

“Hmong New Year Celebration”, Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 9AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 3355 NE Cornell Rd., Hillsboro. $3 admission for 1 day, $5 for 2 days, free for ages 5 and under and seniors. Culture show, food vendors, marketplace. “We currently have four food vendors participating in this year's celebration. Make sure you get here early for your favorites: papaya salad, spicy sausage and sticky rice, pad thai, nab vam and more!”

“Creatures of the Night”, Saturday, October 29, 6PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. “What is in an owl pellet? How do bats find their food? Come find the answers to these questions and more as you experience the nighttime wonders of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. This free family event will feature indoor hands-on activities, night walks, and fun surprises! Kids, dress up as your favorite animal! Night walks will start at 7 PM and will go every 15 minutes until 8 PM. Sign up when you arrive. Limited space available, spots available until filled.”

“Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks”, Saturday, October 29, 7PM, Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. 5th St. $10 adults, $7 for kids 15 and under. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “Titled ‘Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks,’ these new ranger-led programs will walk visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park's military history through thematic storytelling. These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in in inclement conditions, including rain and mud.”

“Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed”, Saturday, October 29, 11AM-7PM, and Sunday, October 30, 11AM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots of Mexico through live performances, spectacular community altar and cemetery, special hands-on activities, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead. The art and spirituality of Mexican culture is celebrated at Dia de Muertos. This Day of the Dead festival honors the lives of loved ones who have passed.”

“Apple Cider Pressing”, Saturday, October 29, beginning at 9AM and ending when the cider runs out, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. “The Apple Cider Pressing is the last Saturday of October when they will begin distributing cider at 9 AM and continue until they finish all 8,000 pounds! The younger visitors are welcome to join the volunteers inside the Mill to help press the cider. They have received some valuable health advice from the County Board of Health, so stop at the hand washing station to wash those little hands with soap and water and put on a pair of plastic gloves before the youngsters start their days work. Volunteers wearing orange vests will be helping to make sure that we handle our apples and cider safely and that none are hurt during the event. Please listen to their instructions and don't hesitate to ask questions.” Freshly milled flour is available for a donation.

“Tracking Club”, Sunday, October 30, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking.

“Fall Mushroom Show”, Sunday, October 30, 12PM-5PM, World Forestry Center, Miller Hall, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for children 11 and under. “Join us for the annual Fall Mushroom Show where you can see beautifully displayed specimens from around the region and talk to mushroom experts. There will be vendors, books for sale, mushroom cooking samples, speakers and more!”

“Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival”, Sunday, October 30, 10AM-5PM, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, Eugene. Suggested donation $8 per person, free for kids 11 and under. “The west coast’s largest mushroom exhibit! Live music, hay rides, scarecrow contest, apple pressing, kids’ activities, great food and wine, arts, crafts and books.”

“Become an Astrogeologist”, Sunday, October 30, 10AM, OMSI. $10. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Travel the solar system with OMSI educators and compare the geologic features on Earth to our cosmic neighbors. Investigate planets, moons and meteors through hands–on discovery and small group activities. Experiment with creating impact craters in flour and looking for lava patterns in cake batter.” 

“Moreland Monster March”, Sunday, October 30, 3PM, Llewellyn Elementary School, 6301 SE 14th Ave., Pdx. Free. “The yearly Moreland Monster March Hallowe’en Parade, started by parents in 2001 shortly after the 9-11 terrorism attacks in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania, to bring cheer back to the community, continues to be a huge draw for kids and parents, thousands of whom participate in costume in this short but fun parade. The parade forms in front of Llewellyn Elementary School on S.E. 14th at Tolman Street, and sets off east to Milwaukie Avenue promptly at 3 p.m. The parade then turns south to Bybee Boulevard, west to 14th, and then north back to Llewellyn Elementary School – where the merchants of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA) will have treats and drinks for all. The whole thing takes an hour or so. It’s fun. Come one, come all.”

“Shining Light On an Unseen World”, Sunday, October 30, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Presented by author Kendra Jonas. “By linking what science, researchers, and whistleblowers are telling us, in conjunction with the first-hand accounts of Contactees and Abductees, the truth of ET and UFO phenomena is exposed. There is another reality paralleling this one and once we fit all the pieces together, many of life's greatest questions about our origin, our life mission, and the truth of who we are and all that we are capable of, can finally be understood and achieved. Kendra Jonas has had numerous ET contact experiences, including ET abductions with The Greys, and has received information as a channel from non-physical celestial beings who have given her "The 7 Principles of I AM." Kendra's book, The Link, was written to support these principles; she has made it her life's work to assist others with applying these principles in their everyday lives. Please join her as she reveals her 25-year-journey of research and personal ET contact experiences.”

Concert, “Otherworldly Bandura”, Monday, October 31, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Dr. Roy Torley will set the musical mood for Halloween with his Ukrainian bandura. This ancient instrument can play everything from metallic, sci-fi sounds to more haunting, ethereal tunes.” 

“Spooky Stories from Teen Girls Haunted House”, Monday, October 31, 6:30PM, Sellwood Playhouse, 901 SE Spokane St., Pdx. For ages 10 and up. $5. Treats provided. “Nonprofit youth organization Rogue Pack creates a site-specific theatre piece at the ‘Haunted’ Sellwood Playhouse! Receive a tour around Rogue Pack's new home and find out its mysterious history. Featuring Rogue Pack girls 10-17 in the DHS / foster care system from Boys and Girls Aid.”

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